QCD Meets Gravity Workshop 2016
December 5-9, 2016
UCLA Physics & Astronomy Department

This is the second in a series of meetings for researchers interested in the remarkable correspondence between Yang-Mills theory and gravity, known as the double-copy construction. An early manifestation of this is the KLT relations.

The BCJ double-copy construction has greatly simplified multiloop perturbative computations in gravity theories, leading to new insight into the ultraviolet properties of gravity theories. Currently there an intense global research activity to understand the origin of the relation as well as to apply it to more general classical solutions in General Relativity. This meeting will bring together experts in both QCD and gravity (including supersymmetric extensions), and focus on the development of common methodologies for handling both theories.

Organizers: Zvi Bern (UCLA), Clifford Chueng (Caltech), Donal O'Connell (Edinburgh), Jaroslav Trnka (UC Davis).

Workshop schedule

QCD Meets Gravity Tentative Schedule (last updated 2016-12-07 11:14 Pacific): Note first day starts at 8:40 AM. Talks will be 25+5 minutes. Student talks 20+5 minutes.

Thursday and Friday discussion leaders: Nima Arkani-Hamed, Simon Caron-Huot , Henrik Johansson, Donal O'Connell.

Monday Dec. 5, 2016 UCLA Faculty Center
8:40-8:45    Welcome to Bhaumik Institute
8:45-9:15     Radu Roiban - "Modern methods in scattering amplitudes -- a bird’s eye view"
9:15-9:45     Ricardo Monteiro - "Black holes and the double copy"
9:45-10:15    Tim Adamo - "Space-time CFTs from the worldsheet"
10:15-10:45   Coffee (30 minutes)
10:45-11:15    Free discussion time
11:15-11:45     Marco Chiodaroli - "Maxwell-Einstein and Yang-Mills-Einstein supergravities as double copies"
11:45-12:15    Congkao Wen - "Universality in String interactions, and BCJ basis for bosonic open string amplitudes"
12:15-1:45     Lunch
1:45-2:15      Stephen Naculich - "Color-factor symmetry of gauge-theory amplitudes"
2:15-2:45     Michael Duff - "Twin supergravities from squaring yang-mills"
2:45-3:15     Gang Yang - "Color-Kinematics Duality at Five Loops"
3:15-4:00     Coffee (45 minutes)
4:00-4:30    Mao Zeng - "New integration-by-parts techniques for gravity amplitudes"
4:30-5:00    Yvonne Geyer - "Loop integrands from Ambitwistor Strings"
5:00-5:30    Free discussion time

Tuesday Dec. 6, 2016 UCLA Faculty Center
8:45-9:15     Lionel Mason - "The Correlahedron"
9:15-9:45     Song He - "New representations of one-loop amplitudes"
9:45-10:15    Oliver Schlotterer - "KLT relations at one loop"
10:15-10:45   Coffee (30 minutes)
10:45-11:15    Pierre Vanhove - "Higher-loop monodromy relations in string and quantum field theory"
11:15-11:45     Piotr Tourkine - "At the roots of the ambitwistor string, a null string"
11:45-12:15    Jake Bourjaily - "Prescriptive Unitarity with Colour"
12:15-1:45     Lunch
1:45-2:15      Alexander Ochirov - "Perturbative spacetimes from Yang-Mills theory"
2:15-2:45     Wei-Ming Chen - "A Surprising observation for 5-loop integrand in N=8 supergravity"
2:45-3:15     John Joseph Carrasco - "Efficiency from Geometry: how to solve double-copy quantum field theories with triangles"
3:15-4:00     Coffee (45 minutes)
4:00-5:30    Bhaumik Lecture: Nima Arkani-Hamed - "Unification and Fundamental Physics: A Status Report"
Conference dinner 6:30 PM

Wed. Morning Dec. 7, 2016 UCLA Faculty Center
8:45-9:15     Walter Goldberger - "Classical QCD meets gravitational radiation"
9:15-9:45     Silvia Nagy - "N=2 BPS black holes from the double copy"
Student talks
9:45-10:10      Enrico Herrmann - "Poles at Infinity in Gravity"
10:10-10:35    Grant Remmen - "Twofold Invariances of Pure Gravity"
10:35-11:05    Coffee (30 minutes)
11:05-11:30   Andres Luna Godoy - "Non-flat Kerr-Schild double copy"
11:30-11:55     Michael Enciso - "Logarithms and Polytopes"
11:55-12:20     Chia-Hsien Shen - "Symmetry and Action for Flavor-Kinematics Duality"
12:20-12:45     Alex Edison - "Super-Gauss-Bonnet and Other Evanescent Operators in Half-Maximal SUGRA"

Wed. Dec. 7, 2016 afternoon: discussion and free time, 4th floor Physics and Astronomy or visit the sights of LA.

Thurs. Dec. 8, 2016: Caltech field trip to make use of their discussion areas and blackboards. 8 AM bus from Tiverton House to Caltech. Return at 6:30 PM.

Fri. Dec. 9, 2016: Open discussions at UCLA 4th floor Physics and Astronomy



Zvi Bern, UCLA
Clifford Cheung, Caltech
Donal O'Connell, Edinburgh
Jaroslav Trnka, UC Davis

Traveling Invitees

Alessio Marrani, Enrico Fermi Center
Alexander Ochirov, University of Edinburgh
Alexandros Anastasiou, Nordita
Andres Luna Godoy, U. Glasgow
Arnab Rudra, UC Davis
David Kosower, CEA/Saclay
Gang Yang, ITP-CAS, Beijing
Henrik Johansson, Uppsala University and Nordita
Huan-Hang Chi, Stanford
Isobel Nicholson, Edinburgh
Jake Bourjaily, NBI
James Stankowicz, Brown University
John Joseph Carrasco, CEA-Saclay
Lionel Mason, University of Oxford
Marco Chiodaroli, Albert Einstein Institute Potsdam
Michael Duff, Imperial
Michael Green, University of Cambridge
Michele Zoccali, Imperial
Nima Arkani-Hamed, IAS
Oliver Schlotterer, Albert Einstein Institute Potsdam
Pierre Vanhove, IPhT
Piotr Tourkine, DAMTP, Univ. of Cambridge
Radu Roiban, Penn State
Ricardo Monteiro, CERN
Silvia Nagy, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon
Simon Caron-Huot, NBI
Song He, Beijing
Stephen Naculich, Bowdoin College
Tim Adamo, Imperial College London
Walter Goldberger, Yale
Yvonne Geyer, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

Local Invitees

Alexander Ridgway, Caltech
Chia-Hsien Shen, Caltech
Congkao Wen, Caltech
Enrico Herrmann, Caltech
Grant Remmen, Caltech
Tzu-Chen Huang, Caltech
Alex Edison, UCLA
David Chester, UCLA
Jared Claypoole, UCLA
Julio Parra Martinez, UCLA
Mao Zeng, UCLA
Michael Enciso, UCLA
Wei-Ming Chen, UCLA
Zhongbo Kang, UCLA