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Divergent Series

Why is it that divergent series make sense? Specifically, by basic calculus a sum such as $1 - 1 + 1 ...$ describes a divergent series (where divergent := non-convergent sequence of partial sums) ...
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How does the sum of the series “1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6…” to infinity = “-1/12”? [duplicate]

How does the sum of the series “1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6…” to infinity = “-1/12”, in the context of physics? I heard Lawrence Krauss say this once during a debate with Hamza Tzortzis ...
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What exactly is regularization in QFT?

The question. Does there exist a mathematicaly precise, commonly accepted definition of the term "regularization procedure" in perturbative quantum field theory? If so, what is it? Motivation and ...
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Applications of analytic continuation to physics

I posted this on math.SE, but didn't get much response. It might fit better on this site. Holomorphic functions have the property that they can be uniquely analytically continued to (almost) the ...
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Dimensional regularization - integral

How can I derive the following formula? $$\int d^{d+1} k \frac{e^{i K X}}{K^2} = \frac{\Gamma (d-1)}{(4\pi)^{d/2} \Gamma (d/2) |X|^{d-1}}, \quad K^2 = k_0^2 + \vec k^2, KX = k_0 \tau + \vec k \vec ...
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Not satisfied with “trick” in zeta function regularization

I am not satisfied with the explanations of the $\sum_n \log \lambda_n = - \frac{d}{ds} \sum_n \lambda_n^{-s}|_{s=0}$ "trick" used in zeta function regularization, discussed here and here, or the ...
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A problematic integral in calculating the entanglement entropy in 1+1 D free massive bosonic field theory

I encountered a curious integration identity when I was reading the paper by Pasquale Calabrese and John Cardy on the entanglement entropy of 1+1D quantum field theory (arXiv). The identity is given ...
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Sharp cut-off, quadratic corrections and naturalness

When introducing the fine-tuning problem, a sharp cut-off as a regulator in the calculation of the Higgs mass corrections is used. Since this regulator breaks translational and gauge invariance, up to ...
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Delta functional in path integral

I've recently encountered a path integral of the form $$\int \delta[a\phi+b\phi']\,L(\phi,\phi')\;\mathcal D\phi\mathcal D\phi'$$ (where $a$, $b$ are integers) and would like to eliminate one of the ...
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Why are only logarithmic divergence relevant for the Callan-Symanzik equation? Intuitive understanding?

I may be wrong, but it seems that only logarithmic divergences need to be retained when using the Callan-Symanzik equation, finding running couplings, etc. Why is this the case? Is there some simple ...
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Why do people rule out zeta regularization for renormalization?

Using zeta regularization one can get a formula for regularizing the integral $ \int_{a}^{\infty}x^{m-s}\text dx $ for any $m$. However, I have not seen anywhere. For example, I do not know why in ...
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Why do we expect our theories to be independent of cutoffs?

Final edit: I think I pretty much understand now (touch wood)! But there's one thing I don't get. What's the physical reason for expecting the correlation functions to be independent of the cutoff? ...
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Caimir effect regularization for every divergent sum or series

can we use the tools of renormalization of casimir effect to get finite results for any divergent series in QFT ?? for example let be the divergent series $ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty}n^{l} $ for positive ...
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Zeta regularization and Renormalization group

Is there a physical method to prove for example when the zeta regularization of a series $$ 1+2^{k}+3^{k}+............= \zeta (-k) $$ gives the correct result: Casimir effect, vacuum energy and when ...
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how must i understand this 2-loop integral?

let be the 2-loop integral... $$ \int d^{d}l\int d^{d}k \frac{1}{k^{4}(k+p)^{2}(k+l)^{2}}=I(p)$$ dimensional regularization over the variable 'l0 to evaluate $$ \int ...
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Naturalness arguments and dimensional regularization?

How do issues of naturalness arise when regularizing QFT using dimensional regularization? I can only recall ever seeing naturalness arguments (hierarchy problem, cosmological constant problem, etc.) ...
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How to get the $i\epsilon$ prescription for a Faddeev-Popov ghost propagator?

In path integral formalism, for a physical field there will be an $i\epsilon$ term in the action, which comes from identifying the in and out vacuum, and in turn this $i\epsilon$ will naturally appear ...
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Dimensional regularization and the finite part

Let be a dimensional regularized integral $$ \int d^{4-\epsilon}kF(k,m,s)= \frac{2}{\epsilon}+\frac{m^{2}}{3}(\gamma +log(4\pi)-\frac{1}{\epsilon}))$$ then formally if we elmiinate the divergent ...
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Cutoff regularization: Why not cutoff exactly at the momentum reached in an experiment?

So far I have only actually calculated dimensional regularization and I just know about the idea of cutoff regularization. From what I understand, as the name suggests, you just ignore momentum as ...
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Renormalization is a Tool for Removing Infinities or a Tool for Obtaining Physical Results?

Quoting Wikipedia: renormalization is any of a collection of techniques used to treat infinities arising in calculated quantities. Is that true? to me, it seems better to define ...
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IR divergence and renormalization scale in dimensional regularization (part 2)

This is in continuation of my previous question, IR divergence and renormalization scale in dimensional regularization. Lubos gave a nice answer there but I want to get to a very specific example ...
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Dimensional regularization: removing more than just logarithmic divergencies?

I have followed two courses on QFT, which both involved renormalization by dimensional regularization. My confusion is that one of the professors claimed that dimensional regularization can only be ...
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IR divergence and renormalization scale in dimensional regularization

Is it possible that if a certain (loop) integral is IR divergent then that will have effect on the dimensionally regularized answer for that? (..does the epsilon expansion see the IR divergence in ...
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On the Axial Anomaly

I know that if we start with a massive theory, the chiral states $L$ and $R$ remain coupled to each other in the massless limit. Because a charged Dirac particle of a given helicity can make a ...
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What does it mean to renormalize an effective field theory?

This is in reference to slide 19 of this talk "As always in Effective Field Theory, the theory becomes predictive when there are more observables than parameters" Can one explain what this exactly ...
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Are these IR and UV divergences equal [closed]

let be 2 divergent integrals $$ \int_{0}^{\infty}\frac{p^{3}dp}{(p^{2}+m^{2})^{2}}= A $$ $$ \int_{0}^{\infty}\frac{dp}{p(p+q)^{2}}=B $$ B has a divergent as $ p \to 0 $ however i can use a change ...
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$\mathrm{i}\epsilon$ prescription makes a function analytical?

I've seen this everywhere where they say "Analytic continuation is obtained by the usual $\mathrm{i}\epsilon$ prescription..." but how is that? How do you analytically continue (say) $\ln x$ with ...
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Critical Dimension of Bosonic Strings and Regularization of $\sum_{n=1}^\infty n$

If $D$ is critical dimension of Bosonic strings, a particular derivation goes like the following, where we arrive finally at $$ \frac{D-2}{2}\sum_{n=1}^\infty n + 1 = 0. $$ Now mathematically this is ...
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How (why!?) does one introduce an UV cut-off in dimensional regularization?

This question is in reference to the confusing equation 3.7 (page 14) of this paper. One sees the 1-loop answers in their theory as given in their A.7 and A.8 on page 20. Each of the terms is a ...
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the meaning of epsilon in this operator $ \epsilon $

Consider the dimensional regularized integral $$ \int d^{d}k (k^{2}-m^{2}+i\epsilon)^{-\lambda} $$ For positive $ \lambda $ this integral has a pole at $ k=m $. Is this the reason we we insert the $ ...
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Casimir force using Pauli-Villars regularization

In Zee's Quantum field theory in a nutshell, 2nd edition, p. 74 he claims that: $$ \sum_a c_a \Lambda_a \sum_n \frac{\omega_n}{\omega_n + \Lambda_a} = - \sum_a c_a \Lambda_a \sum_n ...
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physical importance of regularization in QFT?

The standard lore in QFT is that one must work with renormalised fields, mass, interaction etc. So we must work with "physical" or renormalised quantities and all our ignorance with respect to its ...
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Dimensional Regularization involving $\epsilon^{\mu\nu\alpha\beta}$

Is it possible to dimensionally regularize an amplitude which contains the totally antisymmetric Levi-Civita tensor $\epsilon^{\mu\nu\alpha\beta}$? I don't know if it's possible to define ...
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does this expression appear in renormalization?

my questiion is if this regularizatio for the Harmonic series $$ \sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{1}{(n+a)} = \frac{ -\Gamma ' (a)}{\Gamma (a)}$$ for any positive and finite 'a' appears in renormalization ...
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Dimensional regularization and IR divergences and scale invariance

I want to know if dimensional regularization has any issues if the theory has IR divergences or is scale invariant. Does dimensional regularization see "all" kinds of divergences? I mean - what ...
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Divergent sum in lightcone quantization of bosonic string theory

I had the following question regarding lightcone quantization of bosonic strings - The normal ordering requirement of quantization gives us this infinite sum $\sum_{n=1}^\infty n$. This is regularized ...
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Symmetries in Wilsonian RG

I wanted to know if there is a theorem that in writing a Lagrangian if one missed out a term which preserves the (Lie?) symmetry of the other terms and is also marginal then that will necessarily be ...
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Regulator-scheme-independence in QFT

Are there general conditions (preservation of symmetries for example) under which after regularization and renormalization in a given renormalizable QFT, results obtained for physical quantities are ...
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Zeta regularization gone bad

This may sound as a mathematical question, but it should be very familiar to physicists. I am trying to perform an expansion of the function $$f(x) = \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{K_2(nx)}{n^2 x^2},$$ for ...
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Determination of auxiliary scale in dimensional regularization

My questions are in italics. In the article [1] a dimensional regularization is presented on an electrostatic example of an infinite wire with constant linear charge density $\lambda$. It is shown ...
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Don't understand the integral over the square of the Dirac delta function

In Griffiths' Intro to QM [1] he gives the eigenfunctions of the Hermitian operator $\hat{x}=x$ as being $$g_{\lambda}\left(x\right)~=~B_{\lambda}\delta\left(x-\lambda\right)$$ (cf. last formula on ...
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Cancellation of the quadratic divergence in QCD

I am currently reading about QCD in QFT-Peskin&Schroeder. When calculating 1-loop diagrams for QCD and using dimensional regularization, the 3-vertex boson loop, 4-vertex boson loop and ghost loop ...
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Gaussian type integral with negative power of variable in integrand

How can we compute the integral $\int_{-\infty}^\infty t^n e^{-t^2/2} dt$ when $n=-1$ or $-2$? It is a problem (1.11) in Prof James Nearing's course Mathematical Tools for Physics. Can a situation ...
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Is the step of analytic continuation unavoidable or can you model around it?

One sometimes considers the analytic continuation of certain quantities in physics and take them seriously. More so than the direct or actual values, actually. For example if you use the procedure ...
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Regulating the sum in Casimir Force

I am trying to evaluate the Casimir force using a Gaussian regulator (I know there are other much easier ways to do this, but I want to try this!) We then are reduced to evaluating the sum $$ ...
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Why does renormalization need an unbroken symmetry?

Common wisdom is that for a QFT to be renormalizable it must be invariant under a symmetry transformation. Why does renormalization need an unbroken symmetry? Which is the first publication that ...
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Regularization of infinite series: an alternative for the not-always-courteous-Zeta

Zeta-function regularization of infinite series is the most commonly used in QFT applications. However, occasionally other schemes are employed which, allegedly, suit the nature (most noticeably the ...
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Does string theory provide a physical regulator for Standard Model divergencies?

In other question, Ron Maimon says that he thinks string theory is the physical regulator. I did not know that string theory regularize divergencies. So, Q1: How does string theory regularize the ...
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About calculation of anomalous dimension in Peskin and Schroeder's book.

This question is in reference to question 13.2 in the QFT book by Peskin and Schroeder. To put it in general - I would like to know how does one define "anomalous dimensions" if one is given the ...
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Two-loop regularization

Working out some quantum field theory computations, I have to find out the value of the two-loop Feynman integral $$ ...