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Froissart bound for/from CFT Mellin amplitudes

by Parthiv Haldar, Aninda Sinha

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Authors (as Contributors): Parthiv Haldar · Aninda Sinha
Submission information
Preprint link: scipost_202004_00044v5
Date accepted: 2020-06-29
Date submitted: 2020-06-02 02:00
Submitted by: Haldar, Parthiv
Submitted to: SciPost Physics
Ontological classification
Academic field: Physics
  • High-Energy Physics - Theory
  • High-Energy Physics - Phenomenology
Approach: Theoretical


We derive bounds analogous to the Froissart bound for the absorptive part of CFT$_d$ Mellin amplitudes. Invoking the AdS/CFT correspondence, these amplitudes correspond to scattering in AdS$_{d+1}$. We can take a flat space limit of the corresponding bound. We find the standard Froissart-Martin bound, including the coefficient in front for $d+1=4$ being $\pi/\mu^2$, $\mu$ being the mass of the lightest exchange. For $d>4$, the form is different. We show that while for $CFT_{d\leq 6}$, the number of subtractions needed to write a dispersion relation for the Mellin amplitude is equal to 2, for $CFT_{d>6}$ the number of subtractions needed is greater than 2 and goes to infinity as $d$ goes to infinity.

Published as SciPost Phys. 8, 095 (2020)

List of changes

Clarifications Added
Various clarifications and comments are added in accordance with the referee reports. These are listed below.
1. Following equation (3.11), it has been mentioned that the flat space limit we are also considering is where $R/\ell_{strings}\gg 1$. This is because in the flat space limit we are considering a massive quantum field theory.
2. In the sentence under (3.2), we have added that the general Mellin amplitude for $n-$point conformal correlator depends upon $n(n-3)/2$ independent variables.
3. In section 4.1, various footnotes have been added to add clarifications regarding various assumptions and computational steps. These are delineated in footnotes 5-9.

Typos Fixed
1. In equation (3.26) upper bound of the integral at infinity is fixed.
2. Consistently "flat space" has been used instead of "Flat-space".
3. Notational inconsistency between $\Gamma^2(x)$ and $\Gamma(x)^2$ has been rectified to stick with $\Gamma^2(x)$.
4. On page 8 penultimate line appendix number has been corrected to G from E.
5. In (B.4) the missing division sign is restored, in (C.9) the $45m^2$ is corrected to $4m^2$ and the unmatched parenthesis in (D.7) is taken care of.
6. Spellings corrected at various places and the grammar is improved at places as par the referee recommendation.

Reports on this Submission

Report 2 by Matthew Dodelson on 2020-6-15 (Invited Report)


The authors have completed the suggested edits, so I would recommend that the article be published.

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Anonymous Report 1 on 2020-6-13 (Invited Report)


The paper looks ready to be published now. The recent changes are much appreciated.

  • validity: top
  • significance: high
  • originality: high
  • clarity: high
  • formatting: excellent
  • grammar: good

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