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A Post-Minkowskian EFT for the Gravitational Two-Body Problem

Starts at:Wed 27 Jan 2021, 14:00
Speaker:Gregor KaelinInstitute:DESY Hamburg

Abstract:I will discuss an effective field theory (EFT) of two massive gravitationally interacting bodies in a world-line formalism. While the conservative potential is usually the sought-after quantity, we instead use the radial action as a central quantity. From this gauge-invariant object all other desirable observables (and the potential) for the binary inspiral problem can be easily derived. From the EFT perspective, the radial action, as a Post-Minkowskian expansion in G, can be obtained from the scattering angle via an analytic continuation in angular momentum and energy. I will demonstrate the derivation of the scattering angle and how the whole network of related quantities for the bound problem is obtained via this simple analytic continuation.

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Room:Virtual Seminar
Contact: Brit Holland