This book presents recent and ongoing research work aimed at understanding the mysterious relation between the computations of Feynman integrals in perturbative quantum field theory and the theory of motives of algebraic varieties and their periods. The main question is whether residues of Feynman integrals always evaluate to periods of mixed Tate motives, as appears to be the case from extensive computations of Feynman integrals carried out by Broadhurst and Kreimer. Two different approaches to the subject are described. The first, a 'bottom-up' approach, constructs explicit algebraic varieties and periods from Feynman graphs and parametric Feynman integrals. This approach grew out of work of Bloch-Esnault-Kreimer and suggests that, while the algebraic varieties associated to the Feynman graphs can be arbitrarily complicated as motives, the part that is involved in the Feynman integral computation might still be of the special mixed Tate kind. A second, 'top-down' approach to the problem, developed in the work of Connes and the author, consists of comparing a Tannakian category constructed out of the data of renormalization with those formed by mixed Tate motives. The book draws connections between these two approaches and gives an overview of various ongoing directions of research in the field. The text is aimed at researchers in mathematical physics, high energy physics, number theory and algebraic geometry. This title is based on lecture notes for a graduate course given by the author at Caltech in the fall of 2008. It can also be used by graduate students interested in working in this area.
World Scientific Publishing UK
|Dimensjoner||15,5cm x 23,1cm x 2cm||Vekt||590 gram|
|Leverandør||Bertram Trading Ltd||Emner og form||Quantum physics (quantum mechanics & quantum field theory), Mathematical physics|