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Momentum Amplituhedron meets Kinematic Associahedron

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Original languageEnglish
Article number41
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2021


In this paper we study a relation between two positive geometries: the momen- tum amplituhedron, relevant for tree-level scattering amplitudes in N = 4 super Yang-Mills theory, and the kinematic associahedron, encoding tree-level amplitudes in bi-adjoint scalar φ 3 theory. We study the implications of restricting the latter to four spacetime dimensions and give a direct link between its canonical form and the canonical form for the momentum amplituhedron. After removing the little group scaling dependence of the gauge theory, we find that we can compare the resulting reduced forms with the pull-back of the associahedron form. In particular, the associahedron form is the sum over all helicity sectors of the reduced momentum amplituhedron forms. This relation highlights the common sin- gularity structure of the respective amplitudes; in particular, the factorization channels, corresponding to vanishing planar Mandelstam variables, are the same. Additionally, we also find a relation between these canonical forms directly on the kinematic space of the scalar theory when reduced to four spacetime dimensions by Gram determinant constraints. As a by-product of our work we provide a detailed analysis of the kinematic spaces relevant for the four-dimensional gauge and scalar theories, and provide direct links between them.


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