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An Approach Toward the Numerical Evaluation of Multi-Loop Feynman Diagrams

By G. PassarinoTurin Univ. and INFN Turin


A scheme for systematically achieving accurate numerical evaluation of multi-loop Feynman diagrams is developed. This shows the feasibility of a project aimed to produce a complete calculation for two-loop predictions in the Standard Model. As a first step an algorithm, proposed by F. V. Tkachov and based on the so-called generalized Bernstein functional relation, is applied to one-loop multi-leg diagrams with particular emphasis to the presence of infrared singularities, to the problem of tensorial reduction and to the classification of all singularities of a given diagram. Successively, the extension of the algorithm to two-loop diagrams is examined. The proposed solution consists in applying the functional relation to the one-loop sub-diagram which has the largest number of internal lines. In this way the integrand can be made smooth, a part from a factor which is a polynomial in the vector of Feynman parameters needed for the complementary sub-diagram with the smallest number of internal lines. Since the procedure does not introduce new singularities one can distort the integration hyper-contour into the complex hyper-plane, thus achieving numerical stability. The algorithm is then modified to deal with numerical evaluation around normal thresholds. Concise and practical formulas are assembled and presented, numerical results and comparisons with the available literature are shown and discussed for the so-called sunset topology

Topics: hep-ph
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.1016/S0550-3213(01)00528-4
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