Algebraic Geometry in String Theory Seminar
Speaker: Oliver Schlotterer (Uppsala University)
Title: Modular graph forms and iterated integrals in string amplitudes
Abstract: I will discuss string amplitudes as a laboratory for special functions and period integrals that drive fruitful cross-talk with particle physicists and mathematicians. At genus zero, integration over punctures on a disk or sphere worldsheet generates multiple zeta values in the low-energy expansion of open- and closed-string amplitudes. At genus one, closed-string amplitudes introduce infinite families of non-holomorphic modular forms through the integration over torus punctures known as modular graph forms. The latter inspired Francis Brown’s alternative construction of non-holomorphic modular forms in the mathematics literature via iterated integrals, and I will report on recent progress in clarifying their connection with modular graph forms.