High Energy Theory Seminar
Proposed in 1954 by Gell-Mann, Goldberger, and Thirring, crossing symmetry postulates that particles are indistinguishable from anti-particles traveling back in time. Its elusive proof amounts to demonstrating that scattering matrices in different crossing channels are boundary values of the same analytic function, as a consequence of physical axioms such as causality, locality, or unitarity. In this talk we report on the progress in proving crossing symmetry on-shell within the framework of perturbative quantum field theory. We derive bounds on internal masses above which scattering amplitudes are crossing-symmetric to all loop orders. They are valid for four- and five-point processes, or to all multiplicity if one allows deformations of momenta into higher dimensions at intermediate steps.
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