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My research focuses on theoretical particle physics and cosmology. It moves along the edge of these fields as well as of holography and combinatorics to understand the fundamental rules constraining physical processes at ultra-high energies - much higher than any experiment on Earth and characterizing the early stage of our universe - and their underlying mathematical structures. In particular I am leading a program devoted to apply both phylosophy and methods developed for scattering amplitudes to understand the structure of quantum mechanical observables in cosmology. It aims to understand how to extract fundamental physics out of them as well as how the properties considered as foundational in particle physics emerge from more fundamental principles.

Dr. Paolo

Benincasa

Max Planck Institute for Physics

Germany

My research area is at the interface of elementary particle physics and quantum field theory. What fascinates me especially is that ideas coming from different scientific communities, such as collider physics, string theory, conformal field theory, and mathematics help to bring about advances. As the principal investigator of the ERC-funded project 'Novel structures in scattering amplitudes', I am excited both to help guide young scientists to interesting research questions, and at the same time to learn from their fresh perspectives.

Prof. Dr. Johannes

Henn

Research Team Lead

Max Planck Institute for Physics, Germany

Being the point of reference for all queries, requests or issues, I am offering the team administrative support in various matters.

Vera

Kudrin

Max Planck Institute for Physics

Germany

My research is oriented towards understanding analytical properties and singularities of scattering amplitudes. Currently I am focused on Landau equations which determine the location of the singularities in scattering amplitudes.

Antonela

Matijasic

Max Planck Institute for Physics

Germany

My field is science communication. I support the team members in making their research public. Together we find new ways of communicating theoretical particle physics to a broader audience.

Sorana

Scholtes

Max Planck Institute for Physics

Germany

In my research, I follow the path from the first principles of quantum field theory to the realistic description of particle scattering in collider experiments. I employ a combination of mathematical insights and analytical and numerical methods to obtain precise theoretical predictions for the phenomenology of particle collisions at high energies. This phenomenology encodes the key information for unraveling the most fundamental laws of the universe.

Dr. Vasily

Sotnikov

Max Planck Institute for Physics

Germany

My main research interests are focused on the physical and mathematical aspects of scattering amplitudes in gauge theories, in particular, towards the development of modern techniques for the calculation of scattering amplitudes. I look forward to understanding the physics that emerges from colliders, like LHC at CERN. I am especially interested in having a pure four-dimensional framework to compute relevant observables useful for the latter. Moreover, I am interested in applying these modern techniques developed primarily for gauge theories to effective field theory approach to general relativity. Currently, I am considering fifth post-Newtonian corrections to the Newton potential to higher orders.

Dr. William J.

Torres Bobadilla

Max Planck Institute for Physics

Germany

In my research I focus on studying the connection between scattering amplitudes and Wilson loops in conformal field theories and use integrability techniques and ideas to compute these quantities outside of the perturbation regime. These ideas might one day be extended to non-conformal theories like quantum chromodynamics (QCD), which would give us the ability to compute physical quantities in regimes that are inaccessible to conventional quantum field theory techniques and help us gain a deeper understanding of the fascinating connection between gauge theories and string theory.

Dr. Alexander

Tumanov

Max Planck Institute for Physics

Germany

For my master thesis project, I am working on the computation of Feynman integrals using the technique of differential equations. More specific, I am working on how to put the differential equations for elliptic integrals into a precanonical form.

Fabian

Wagner

Max Planck Institute for Physics

Germany

My primary objectives are to understand the connection among gauge theories and make precise theoretical predictions through computing radiative corrections to scattering amplitudes and observables employing state-of-the-art techniques.

Dr. Taushif

Ahmed

Max Planck Institute for Physics

Germany

I work on the calculation of multi-loop Feynman integrals and scattering amplitudes. I am also interested in integrability in quantum field theory, correlations functions in the maximally supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory, and applications of the conformal symmetry.

Dr. Dmitrii

Chicherin

Max Planck Institute for Physics

Germany

My current research focuses on Wilson loops and the computation of Feynman integrals. Our work on scattering amplitudes brings together researchers from multiple disciplines and backgrounds. Our combined efforts aim to provide a better understanding of the forces that are essential to our world. This is what motivates me to contribute to this fascinating field.

Christoph

Dlapa

Max Planck Institute for Physics

Germany

The study of Feynman integrations is essential as their computation allows us to link theoretical predictions to experiments. I am currently interested in the study of the analytic properties of these Feynman integrals following the aim of computing scattering amplitudes in a perturbative approach.

Leila

Maestri

Max Planck Institute for Physics

Germany

I am working on my master thesis project in the field of scattering amplitudes. In particular, I am studying the implications of conformal symmetry for scattering amplitudes beyond the tree level.

Bláithín

Power

Max Planck Institute for Physics

Germany

For my master thesis, I am working on a geometrical approach to scattering amplitudes, where every amplitude is secretely understood as the volume of a generalized polytope, called the Amplituhedron.

Amin

Raiessi

Max Planck Institute for Physics

Germany

As a high-energy physicist, there are three major research questions that I find intriguing: What are the best observables to measure in order to probe the underlying quantum theory? Can the observables be computed reliably in perturbation theory? What are the most efficient ways to compute them? To address these questions, I work on problems that fall into a few different
categories: event shapes, in particular, energy-energy correlators, soft/collinear factorization and
violation of scattering amplitudes, as well as novel tools for computation of Feynman loop integrals by the method of differential equations.

Dr. Kai

Yan

Max Planck Institute for Physics

Germany

My primary research interest is the calculation of scattering amplitudes in gauge and gravity theories, and of the Feynman integrals appearing in them. The scope of my work is to use and develop innovative methods for their analytic calculation and to study their mathematical properties and symmetries. Currently, I am involved in the computation of the amplitudes for five-particle processes at two-loop order, and in the study of the implications of conformal symmetry for scattering amplitudes in general.

Simone

Zoia

Max Planck Institute for Physics

Germany

LAPTh

Université Savoie Mont Blanc, France

Institut de Physique Théorique

CEA, France

Department of Physics

MIT, USA

Department of Physics

University of Turin, Italy

Particle Physics Theory

University of Zurich, Switzerland

Institute for Theoretical Physics

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Particle Physics Theory

University of Zurich, Switzerland

Department of Modern Physics

University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China

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