Talks by Monica Pate

Approaches to Scattering in Quantum Gravity and Gauge Theory from Symmetry

Monica Pate Harvard University

The problem of quantum gravity -- i.e. to determine the microscopic structure underlying quantum mechanical theories that reproduce general relativity at long distances -- is a major outstanding problem in modern physics.  Solving the quantum gravitational scattering problem is one sharp way to address this question.  While in principle effective field theory (EFT) provides a systematic framework for solving scattering problems, in quantum gravity the complete answer requires an infinite number of measurements and thereby fails to predict details of the microscopic structure.

Soft modes in quantum gravity

Monica Pate Harvard University
I will review advances for gravity in asymptotically flat spacetimes arising from investigations into their structure in the infrared. The recently-discovered infinite-dimensional symmetries of the scattering problem is the central result underlying much of the progress. Key examples include symmetry-based explanations for the previously-observed universal nature of infrared phenomena including soft theorems and memory effects.

Measuring Color Memory in a Color Glass Condensate at Electron-Ion Colliders

Monica Pate Harvard University

We review the color memory effect which is the non-abelian gauge theory analog of the gravitational memory effect, in which the passage of color radiation induces a net relative SU(3) color rotation of a pair of nearby quarks. Then, we show how the color memory effect arises in Regge limit scattering processes and propose that this effect can be measured in the Regge limit of deeply inelastic scattering at electron-ion colliders.