Monday, September 24, 2012

1209.4837 (Dori Bejleri et al.)

Quantum field theory over F1    [PDF]

Dori Bejleri, Matilde Marcolli
In this paper we discuss some questions about geometry over the field with one element, motivated by the properties of algebraic varieties that arise in perturbative quantum field theory. We follow the approach to F1-geometry based on torified schemes. We first discuss some simple necessary conditions in terms of Euler characteristic and classes in the Grothendieck ring, then we give a blowup formula for torified varieties and we show that the wonderful compactifications of the graph configuration spaces, that arise in the computation of Feynman integrals in position space, admit an F1-structure. By a similar argument we show that the moduli spaces of curves of genus zero with n marked points admit an F1-structure. We also discuss conditions on hyperplane arrangements, a possible notion of embedded F1-structure and its relation to Chern classes, and questions on Chern classes of varieties with regular torifications.
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