Wednesday, June 26, 2013

1101.1524 (Stephen G. Naculich et al.)

Eikonal methods applied to gravitational scattering amplitudes    [PDF]

Stephen G. Naculich, Howard J. Schnitzer
We apply factorization and eikonal methods from gauge theories to scattering amplitudes in gravity. We hypothesize that these amplitudes factor into an IR-divergent soft function and an IR-finite hard function, with the former given by the expectation value of a product of gravitational Wilson line operators. Using this approach, we show that the IR-divergent part of the n-graviton scattering amplitude is given by the exponential of the one-loop IR divergence, as originally discovered by Weinberg, with no additional subleading IR-divergent contributions in dimensional regularization.
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