Amplitudes in the LHC Era at GGI

I’m at the Galileo Galilei Institute in Florence this week, for a program on Amplitudes in the LHC Era.


I didn’t notice this ceiling decoration last time I was here. These guys really love their Galileo stuff.

I’ll be here for three weeks of the full six-week program, hopefully plenty of time for some solid collaboration. This week was the “conference part”, with a flurry of talks over three days.

I missed the first day, which focused on the “actually useful” side of scattering amplitudes, practical techniques that can be applied to real Standard Model calculations. Luckily the slides are online, and at least some of the speakers are still around to answer questions. I’m particularly curious about Daniel Hulme’s talk, about an approximation strategy I hadn’t heard of before.

The topics of the next two days were more familiar, but the talks still gave me a better appreciation for the big picture behind them. From Johannes Henn’s thoughts about isolating a “conformal part” of general scattering amplitudes to Enrico Herrmann’s roadmap for finding an amplituhedron for supergravity, people seem to be aiming for bigger goals than just the next technical hurdle. It will be nice to settle in over the next couple weeks and get a feeling for what folks are working on next.

1 thought on “Amplitudes in the LHC Era at GGI

  1. John Duffield

    A roadmap for finding an amplituhedron for supergravity? FFS Matt, that’s Emperor’s New Clothes psuedoscience from supersymmetric quacks who don’t even know how gravity works or what an electron is.

    Don’t waste your time on it.



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