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Title: Higher order corrections in perturbative quantum field theory via sector decomposition
Author: Carter, Jonathan Paul
ISNI:       0000 0004 2713 0286
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 2011
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The calculation of higher order corrections in perturbative quantum field theories is a particularly important subject. Our current model for particle physics is the stan- dard model; a quantum field theory which has served to describe a huge amount of observed data very well. As the Large Hadron Collider is collecting more and more high energy data with smaller and smaller experimental errors, the accuracy of theoretical calculations must keep up with experiment in order to discriminate be- tween physics arising from our current standard model, and beyond standard model physics. In chapter 2 we give a brief introduction to the fundamentals of perturbative quan- tum field theories, with particular emphasis on Quantum ChromoDynamics, where higher order calculations are particularly important due to the fact that αs (M_Z) >> α. In chapter 3 we present a review of methods for calculations within perturbative quantum field theories, both for real and virtual corrections. In chap- ter 4 we give a detailed explanation of the method of sector decomposition, and highlight how it can be applied to the calculation of multi-parameter polynomial integrals, which appear widely in high energy physics, and in particular within the higher order calculations of perturbative quantum field theories. In chapter 5 we present SecDec - a publicly available computer code which implements sector de- composition. We give a range of examples to demonstrate its power in calculating various integrals appearing in higher order calculations in perturbative quantum field theories.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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