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Higher Order Corrections in\ud Perturbative Quantum Field\ud Theory via Sector Decomposition\ud

By PAUL JONATHON CARTER

Abstract

The calculation of higher order corrections in perturbative quantum field theories is\ud a particularly important subject. Our current model for particle physics is the stan-\ud dard model; a quantum field theory which has served to describe a huge amount\ud of observed data very well. As the Large Hadron Collider is collecting more and\ud more high energy data with smaller and smaller experimental errors, the accuracy\ud of theoretical calculations must keep up with experiment in order to discriminate be-\ud tween physics arising from our current standard model, and beyond standard model\ud physics.\ud In chapter 2 we give a brief introduction to the fundamentals of perturbative quan-\ud tum field theories, with particular emphasis on Quantum ChromoDynamics, where\ud higher order calculations are particularly important due to the fact that\ud αs (M_Z) >> α. In chapter 3 we present a review of methods for calculations within\ud perturbative quantum field theories, both for real and virtual corrections. In chap-\ud ter 4 we give a detailed explanation of the method of sector decomposition, and\ud highlight how it can be applied to the calculation of multi-parameter polynomial\ud integrals, which appear widely in high energy physics, and in particular within the\ud higher order calculations of perturbative quantum field theories. In chapter 5 we\ud present SecDec - a publicly available computer code which implements sector de-\ud composition. We give a range of examples to demonstrate its power in calculating\ud various integrals appearing in higher order calculations in perturbative quantum\ud field theories.\u

Topics: Perturbative Quantum Field Theory, Sector Decomposition, QCD
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:etheses.dur.ac.uk:3370
Provided by: Durham e-Theses

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