Particle Theory Seminar - Aidan Herderschee - “The Sub-Leading Scattering Waveform”

Event time: 
Tuesday, December 5, 2023 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Sloane Physics Laboratory SPL, Room 48 See map
217 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Aidan Herderschee - Institute for Advanced Study
Event description: 

I will showcase the computation of the next-to-leading order scattering waveform in the Post-Minkowskian expansion using amplitude techniques. I will first give an overview of how to compute generic classical observables in gravity using scattering amplitudes in the KMOC formalism. In particular, I will focus on how classical physics systematically emerges from quantum amplitudes and the simplification of amplitude calculations in the classical limit. I will then sketch the computation of the sub-leading contribution to the classical waveform, an out-of-time-order observable which roughly corresponds to the 1-loop 5-point amplitude. I will conclude with a discussion of different aspects of the waveform, such as the memory effect and an IR divergent phase, along with future directions.