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Title: MHV Lagrangians for Yang-Mills and QCD
Author: Ettle, James
ISNI:       0000 0001 3449 6233
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2008
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Over the past few decades, it has been realised that gauge theory scattering amplitudes have structures much simpler than the traditional Feynman graph driven approach would suggest. In particular, Parke and Taylor found a particularly simple expression for the tree-level amplitudes with two gluons of different helicity than the others (the so-called MHV amplitudes). Cachazo, Svrcek and Witten (CSW) devised rules for construct- ing tree-level amplitudes by sewing lower-valence MHV amplitudes together with scalar propagators. It was shown by Mansfield in 2005 that a canonical change of the field variables could be constructed that resulted in a lagrangian whose vertices were pro- portional to MHV amplitudes, continued off-shell by CSW's prescription, the so-called Canonical MHV Lagrangian. We derive the explicit form of this transformation and use this to show that the vertices are indeed the Parke-Taylor amplitudes for up to five gluons. Noting that CSW's MHV rules cannot be used to construct the tree-level (â€"h+) or one-loop (++++) amplitudes, we extend our work to augment the MHV rules with so-called completion vertices. These permit construction of these missing amplitudes by means of evasion of the S-matrix equivalence theorem. Indeed, together they reconstruct off-shell light-cone Yang-Mills amplitudes algebraically. We also give a prescription for dimensional regularisation of the Canonical MHV Lagrangian. Finally, we construct a canonical MHV lagrangian with massless fermions in the fundamental representation using a similar methodology.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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