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Connection between the cosmological constant $\Lambda$ and the cutoff scale $\Lambda$

I'm trying to understand the connection between the $\Lambda$ from cosmology and the $\Lambda$ from QFT. Cosmology: The cosmological constant enters the Einstein equations. In the special case of the ...
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How to understand singularities in physics?

The question is probably two-folded and I will try not to make it too vague, but nonetheless the question remains general. First fold: In most physical laws, that we have analytic mathematical ...
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Laplacian of $1/r^2$ (context: electromagnetism and poisson equation)

We know that a point charge $q$ located at the origin $r=0$ produces a potential $\sim \frac{q}{r}$, and this is consistent with the fact that the Laplacian of $\frac{q}{r}$ is ...
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Length path integral

Let's consider a 2-dimensional Euclidean plane. The length between two points $a$ and $b$ can be defined in the following way: $$ (ab) := \inf_{\gamma} \,\int_0^1 d\tau \,\sqrt{\delta_{ab} ...
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Divergent harmonic series

Unlike the zeta regularization for the series $ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty}n^{k} $ which is the exact value for the generalized harmonic series? I mean the series, $$ \sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{1}{(n+a)} $$ ...
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Which values of the Riemann zeta funtion at negative arguments come up in physics?

For my bachelor's thesis, I am investigating Divergent Series. Apart from the mathematical theory behind them (which I find fascinating), I am also interested in their applications in physics. ...
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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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Superfields and the Inconsistency of regularization by dimensional reduction

Question: How can you show the inconsistency of regularization by dimensional reduction in the $\mathcal{N}=1$ superfield approach (without reducing to components)? Background and some references: ...
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Which cardinality of infinities are subtracted in the renormalisation of quantum field theory?

In quantum field theory, e.g. in quantum electrodynamics, renormalisation is used to make sense of an infinite number of virtual particles. This, crudely, involves the subtraction of infinities. But ...
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Pauli-Villars regularization in QED and appearance of massive spin-1 particle

To regularize QED, which is defined by the following Lagrangian, \begin{equation} \mathcal{L}=-\frac{1}{4}F_{\mu\nu}^2+\bar\psi(i\partial_\mu\gamma^\mu-eA_\mu\gamma^\mu-m)\psi \end{equation} One ...
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Does the need for renormalization in QFT vanish once you use a more fundamental theory (e.g., string theory)?

It is often explained that renormalization arises in QFT because QFT is a low-energy effective theory that needs to be replaced by a more fundamental theory at higher energies/smaller distances. While ...
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Branch cuts in two-point function

The propagator of a QFT is known to have a branch cut as a function of the (complex) external momentum. The branch point (as done by, say, Peskin & Schroeder in eqn.7.19 section 7.1) is ...
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Shifting the integration variable in loop integrals

We know that, in four dimensions, shifting the integration variables is valid only for convergent and logarithmically divergent integrals. If we employ a hard cutoff $\Lambda$, is it permissible to ...
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Why renormalizable theory is useful?

Why renormalizable theory is useful? I want to know detail reason for above question. At a glance, I know following things. In quantum field theory, $i.e$ computing self-energy(or self-interaction) ...
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Why string theorist use the following result? [duplicate]

$1+2+3.......$so on $ = -1/12.$ I have seen a few proofs of this result. And I hope most of you are familiar with them. Why string theorist use this ambiguous result in string theory, when assigning ...
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If path integrals aren't well-defined, how can they have any physical meaning?

I am confused about a particular point about the nature of path integration. According to what I've read, what we really mean when we say functional integration is \begin{equation} ...
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Rigor in quantum field theory

Quantum field theory is a broad subject and has the reputation of using methods which are mathematically desiring. For example working with and subtracting infinities or the use of path integrals, ...
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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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What is the relation between zeta and cut-off regularization of the Casimir effect?

In the literature there are at least two methods to derive Casimir effect: original one by Casimir himself: take the quantized energy between plates minus the free space energy, then regularize, ...
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Cut-off Regularisation and Renormalisation in Scalar Field Theory, Deriving the Cutoff Independent Physical Mass

I'm having trouble reproducing Equation 42: \begin{equation}\tag{1} m^{2}_{\text{phys}}= m^{2}_{r} + m^{2}_{r} \tilde{\lambda} \text{log} \left( \dfrac{m^{2}_{r}}{\mu^{2}} \right) \end{equation} ...
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$d=2$ pole argument of quadratic divergences in Peskin & Schroeder's book

Q1: My question is, in the context of dimensional regularisation(DREG, in dimension $d$), why do they mention the absence of $d=2$ pole in the gauge theory cases[1], whereas the $d=2$ pole is not ...
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Instantons, anomalies, and 1-loop effects

A symmetry is anomalous when the path-integral measure does not respect it. One way this manifests itself is in the inability to regularize certain diagrams containing fermion loops in a way ...
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Introducing cut-off in a renormalisation procedure for quantum mechanics

I've been reading a paper on renormalisation theory as applied to a simple one-particle Coulombic system with a short-range potential. In the process of renormalisation, the authors introduce an ...
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Why use a particular regularization for $\int_0^\infty \mathrm{d}x\,e^{i p x}$?

There are many badly defined integrals in physics. I want to discuss one of them which I see very often. $$\int_0^\infty \mathrm{d}x\,e^{i p x}$$ I have seen this integral in many physical problems. ...
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The integral is zero! $\int \frac{\mathrm{d}^d k}{(2\pi)^d} = 0$

In using dimensional regularization in QFT calculations, one comes across integrals over propagators, they might look like $(d = \text{dimension of spacetime}, n = \text{a number})$ ...
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Dimensional Regularization Integral Formula

In the formula $$\int \frac {d^{4-2\epsilon} \ell} {(2\pi)^{4-2\epsilon}} \frac 1 {(\ell^2-\Delta)^2} = \frac i {(4\pi)^{2-\epsilon}} \Gamma(\epsilon) \left(\frac 1 \Delta\right)^\epsilon,$$ how ...
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Zeta regularization for a series and an integral

Given the UV divergence $$ \int_{0}^{\infty}dx $$ in order to regularize it, I introduce a regulator $|x|^{-s}$, so I have $$ \int_{0}^{\infty}x^{-s}dx $$ My problem and doubt is how can I relate ...
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Which renormalisation techniques are available for 3+1 QED?

I hope my question is not too naive, but I would like to know what are the available renormalisation techniques for 3+1 QED. I have read a bit about Pauli-Villars, but I am wondering if there are ...
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Second derivative of dirac delta expression

I have come across the expression $$ \int f(x) \delta(x-a) \delta''(x-a) \mathrm dx$$ where the prime represents the derivative. Usually with derivatives of the delta distribution I'd partially ...
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Regularization of infrared divergences

Let's have diagrams in QED when we don't use Feynman gauge. Then the bare photon propagator will look like $$ \tag 1 D_{\mu \nu}(p) = -\frac{g_{\mu \nu} - \frac{p_{\mu}p_{\nu}}{p^{2}}}{p^{2} + ...
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is the renormalization unique? [closed]

mean let be a theory A in which the divergent integrals appear $ \int_{0}^{\infty}dx $ and $ \int_{0}^{\infty}xdx $ and let be another physical theory with 3 types of divergences $ ...
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What is the exact renormalization regularization for divergent harmonic serise?

given the harmonic series $$ \sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n+a} $$ what is the correct option for the regularization ? a) $ \sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n+a}= -\Psi (a) $ Digamma function b) $ ...
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Srednicki's book chapter 8

Reading first page in chapter 8 of Srednicki's it reads: To employ the $\epsilon$ trick, we multiply $H_0$ with $1-i\epsilon$. The results are equivalent to replacing $m^2$ with $m^2-i\epsilon$. ...
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What is IR CFT and UV CFT?

What is IR CFT and UV CFT? In many physics related materials, they often mention IR, and UV. I think it is related with regularization (I remember in QFT, there is UV cutoff in some regularization ...
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Massless integrals in dim-reg

Consider the massless divergent integral $$ \int dk^4 \frac{1}{k^2}, $$ which occurs in QFT. We can't regularize this integral with dim-reg; the continuation from the massive to the massless case is ...
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Anomalies in QFT books

Why in most QFT books when author discusses of non-invariance of measure of path integral (massless fermions interact with gauge fields) $$ \int D\bar{\Psi} D\Psi \to |\Psi \to U\Psi , \quad ...
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Typical form of the beta function of the renormalization group

Why in "typical" cases (according to some non-English text I read), does the $\beta$-function have the form $$ \beta (g) = ag^{2} + bg^{3} + O(g^{4})\ ? $$ I.e., why are there no linear or logarithmic ...
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Constants of infinity [duplicate]

Many times in physics when we analyze a physical system mathematicly we get divergences, but when those divergences has no dependence on any actual physical quantity of interest we tend to disregard ...
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A step in zeta function regularization

I'm just wondering about the mathematical step $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty n\exp[-\epsilon n\sqrt x]=\frac1{\epsilon^2 x}-\frac1{12}+\mathcal O(\epsilon).$$ Why is this equality so? I see that ...
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Question about infinite sum in quantum field

I read from some books of number theory that $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n^s} = -\frac{1}{12}\text{,when } s=-1.$$ Now is there such a result $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n^s} = \pi \text{,when } ...
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Evaluating the Einstein-Hilbert action

The Einstein-Hilbert action is given by, $$I = \frac{1}{16\pi G} \int_{M} \mathrm{d}^d x \, \sqrt{-g} \, R \, \, + \, \, \frac{1}{8\pi G}\int_{\partial M} \mathrm{d}^{d-1}x \, \sqrt{-h} \, K$$ ...
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Power divergences from loops

I do not know what I should think about power divergences from loops. Most QFT textbooks tell us how to deal with logarithmic divergences from loops $\sim\ln(\Lambda^2/\Delta)$: we can set 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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Gauge invariant but not gauge covariant regularization

I'm not sure if someone's already asked this before, but I was wondering, in field theory, when we say that a certain field is gauge invariant but not gauge covariant, what does this mean? In ...
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Interacting Lagrangian - Coupling constant and cutoff factor

I have a general question concerning a given interacting Lagrangian: $$\mathfrak{L}_I = \frac{g}{\Lambda^2} \bar{\chi} \ \gamma^\mu \gamma_5 \ \chi \ \partial^\nu F_{\mu\nu}$$ where $F_{\mu\nu}$ is ...
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Difference between regularization and renormalization?

In my studies on quantum field theory we have come up with the concepts of regularization and renormalization. I'm a little confused about these two. In my understanding regularization is a way to ...
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Suggested reading for renormalization (not only in QFT)

What papers/books/reviews can you suggest to learn what Renormalization "really" is? Standard QFT textbooks are usually computation-heavy and provide little physical insight in this regard - after my ...
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Apparent elimination of overlapping divergences

The integral, $$ \iint_{\mathbb{R}^{2+}}\frac{xy}{1+x+y} \mathrm{d}y \, \mathrm{d}x$$ possesses an overlapping divergence when $ x \to \infty $ and $ y \to \infty $. However, under a change of ...
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What properties does the conductor making the plates for Casimir effect have?

Reading this explanation, I've understood that the divergence in computation of Casimir force on two parallel conducting plates is because of an unphysical model of ideal conductor, which makes EM ...
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renormalization by differentiation how does it work?

i mean let be the integral $$ \int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{p^{3}}{(p^{2}+m^{2})^{2}} $$ logartihmic divergence but if a apply differentiation with respect to $ m^{2} $ i get $$ \int_{0}^{\infty} ...