Hayden Lee, Harvard University

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 2:10pm
Pupin Hall Theory Center, 8th Floor


"The Cosmological Bootstrap: Inflationary Correlators from Symmetries and Singularities"

In flat space, symmetries and singularities can be used to fully determine the structure of 4-particle scattering amplitudes at tree level. In this talk, I will describe how a similar logic can be used to uniquely fix the structure of tree-level inflationary correlation functions with approximate conformal symmetry, without reference to a Lagrangian description. I will present analytic solutions for the inflationary 3- and 4-point functions of conformally-coupled/massless scalars with arbitrary spin exchange, and show how these objects are related to each other via simple differential operators. As a result, the most general 3- and 4-point functions arising from weakly broken conformal symmetry are completely characterized by two basis functions up to coupling constants. Moreover, these inflationary correlators “contain” flat-space scattering amplitudes via an analytic continuation, providing a nontrivial link between scattering in flat space and particle production in curved space.

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About the speaker

Hayden Lee is currently a Postdoc in Cora Dvorkin's research group at Harvard University.

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