3 years ago

Asymptotic dynamics in perturbative quantum gravity and BMS supertranslations

Sangmin Choi, Ratindranath Akhoury, Uri Kol

Abstract

Recently it has been shown that infrared divergences in the conventional S-matrix elements of gauge and gravitational theories arise from a violation of the conservation laws associated with large gauge symmetries. These infrared divergences can be cured by using the Faddeev-Kulish (FK) asymptotic states as the basis for S-matrix elements. Motivated by this connection, we study the action of BMS supertranslations on the FK asymptotic states of perturbative quantum gravity. We compute the BMS charge of the FK states and show that it characterizes the superselection sector to which the state belongs. Conservation of the BMS charge then implies that there is no transition between different superselection sectors, hence showing that the FK graviton clouds implement the necessary transition induced by the scattering process.

Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/article/m/10.1007/JHEP01(2018)142

DOI: 10.1007/JHEP01(2018)142

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