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How tropical are seven- and eight-particle amplitudes?

Henke, N. & Papathanasiou, G. ORCID: 0000-0002-2627-9906 (2020). How tropical are seven- and eight-particle amplitudes?. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2020(8), article number 5. doi: 10.1007/jhep08(2020)005


We study tropical Grassmanians Tr(k, n) in relation to cluster algebras, and assess their applicability to n-particle amplitudes for n = 7, 8. In N = 4 super Yang-Mills theory, we first show that while the totally positive part of Tr(4, 7) may encompass the iterated discontinuity structure of the seven-point Maximally Helicity Violating (MHV) amplitude, it is too small for the Next-to-MHV helicity configuration. Then, using Tr(4, 8) we propose a finite set of 356 cluster A-coordinates expected to contain the rational symbol letters of the eight-particle MHV amplitude, and discuss how the remaining square-root letters may be obtained from limits of infinite mutation sequences. Finally, we use a triangulation of the totally positive part of Tr(3, 8) to obtain the associated generalised biadjoint scalar amplitude in a form containing a near-minimal amount of spurious poles.

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Publisher Keywords: 1/N Expansion, Extended Supersymmetry, Scattering Amplitudes, Supersymmetric Gauge Theory
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Q Science > QC Physics
Departments: School of Science & Technology
School of Science & Technology > Mathematics
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