OKC/Nordita High-Energy Physics Theory seminar

The Number Theory of Superstring Amplitudes

by Oliver Schlotterer (AEI Potsdam)

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This talk explores the cross fertilization between number theory and superstring perturbation theory. I will first discuss multiple zeta values and their relations from the viewpoint of iterated integrals on a genus zero surface. They enter the alpha' expansion of superstring tree amplitudes in a pattern that can be understood in terms of their generating series and Hopf algebra structures. We will conclude with a glimpse of iterated integrals on a torus which give rise to elliptic analogues of multiple zeta values and find a natural appearance in one-loop amplitudes of the open superstring.