Ambitwistor strings and the scattering equations at one loop

  • Tim AdamoEmail author
  • Eduardo Casali
  • David Skinner
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Ambitwistor strings are chiral, infinite tension analogues of conventional string theory whose target space is the space of complex null geodesics and whose spectrum consists exclusively of massless states. At genus zero, these strings underpin the Cachazo-He-Yuan formulæ for tree level scattering of gravitons, gluons and scalars. In this paper we extend these formulæ in a number of directions. Firstly, we consider Ramond sector vertex operators and construct simple amplitudes involving space-time fermions. These agree with tree amplitudes in ten dimensional supergravity and super Yang-Mills. We then show that, after the usual GSO projections, the ambitwistor string partition function is modular invariant. We consider the scattering equations at genus one, and calculate one loop scattering amplitudes for NS-NS external states in the Type II ambitwistor string. We conjecture that these give new representations of (the integrand of) one loop supergravity amplitudes and we show that they have the expected behaviour under factorization of the worldsheet in both non-separating and separating degenerations.


Scattering Amplitudes Superstrings and Heterotic Strings Supergravity Models Differential and Algebraic Geometry 


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  1. 1.Department of Applied Mathematics & Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUnited Kingdom

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