I will present recent results through four loops demonstrating that the maximally supersymmetric (N=8) generalization of gravity is surprisingly well behaved in the ultraviolet as a result of unexpected cancellations between contributing terms. These cancellations first manifest at one loop in the form of the "no-triangle property," with all-loop order implications through unitarity. I will conclude by discussing similar novel cancelations identified in pure Einstein gravity, at one loop, which suggest a possible explanation for the unexpectedly tame high energy behavior of N=8 supergravity beyond the limited UV protection of supersymmetry.


Talk Number PIRSA:09110051
Speaker Profile John Joseph M. Carrasco