Scattering at planckian energies

Herman Verlinde, Erik Verlinde

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We give a systematic analysis of forward scattering in (3+1)-dimensional quantum gravity, at center of mass energies comparable or larger than the Planck energy. We show that quantum gravitational effects in this kinematical regime are described by means of a topological field theory. We find that the scattering amplitudes display a universal behaviour similar to two-dimensional string amplitudes, thereby recovering results obtained previously by 't Hooft. Finally, we discuss the two-particle process in some detail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)246-268
Number of pages23
JournalNuclear Physics, Section B
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 2 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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