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Why does analytic continuation as a regularization work at all?

The question is about why analytical continuation as a regularization scheme works at all, and whether there are some physical justifications. However, as this is a relatively general question, I ...
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Representing propagators as Dirac delta functions [closed]

I have found online, in particular on the wolfram site, http://mathworld.wolfram.com/DeltaFunction.html, certain identities that allow one to represent a delta function as limits. Of particular ...
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Zeta regularization of Infinite product

I was trying to compute the product $$ P_{a,b} = \prod_{n=1}^\infty(an + b), $$ after I computed $$ P_{1,b} = \prod_{n=1}^\infty(n + b) = \frac{\sqrt{2\pi}}{\Gamma(b+1)}, $$ and the well-known ...
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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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Pauli Villars Regularization

Consider the t-channel diagram of phi-4 one loop diagrams. Evaluated it is, with loop momenta p, $\frac{\lambda^2}{2}\displaystyle\int\frac{d^4p}{(2\pi)^4}\frac{1}{(p+q)^2-m^2}\frac{1}{p^2-m^2}$ If ...
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Free Particle Path Integral Matsubara Frequency

I am trying to calculate $$Z = \int\limits_{\phi(\beta) = \phi(0) =0} D \phi\ e^{-\frac{1}{2} \int_0^{\beta} d\tau \dot{\phi}^2}$$ without transforming it to the Matsubara frequency space, I can ...
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Regularization of the Casimir effect

For starters, let me say that although the Casimir effect is standard textbook stuff, the only QFT textbook I have in reach is Weinberg and he doesn't discuss it. So the only source I currently have ...
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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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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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Confusion with poles of single particle green's function / propagator

On p22 of "Green's Functions for Solid State Physicists" by Doniach and SondHeimer, there is the following definition: $$G^0(\omega)=\frac{1}{2M\Omega_0}\left( \frac{1}{\omega-\Omega_0+i\eta} - ...
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Why is the force on the charge at the tip of a cone infinite?

Imagine a charge $q$ that is located at the top of a hollow cone with a surface charge density $\sigma.$ The slant height is $L$ and the charge $q$ sits at the vertex of angle $2\theta$. We are ...
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What is the reason/significance of using $ \sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty}n\rightarrow-\frac{1}{12}$?

What is the reason/significance of using a trick equation in the Volume I - String Theory - Joseph Polchinsky? I have no doubts at all that the author knows extremely well the subject and that this ...
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Can I use Pauli-Villars and dimensional regularization together?

There are at least two ways to compute the electron-self energy. You can use Pauli-Villars or dimensional regularization, for example. On Weinberg's book, it's chosen the first method, while on my ...
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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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Not satisfied with “trick” in zeta function regularization

I am not satisfied with the explanations of $$\sum_n \log \lambda_n = - \frac{d}{ds} \sum_n \lambda_n^{-s}\bigg|_{s=0}$$ "trick" used in zeta function regularization, discussed here and here, or the ...
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Determinant of a propagator

Say I have a path integral $\int D \phi \exp(i S_0)$. $S_0$ is the usual free action $$S_0=\frac{1}{2}\int\phi (-\Box-m^2) \phi=\frac{1}{2}\int \phi G^{-1} \phi,$$ and at the moment I'm not ...
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Signs of Grandi's series $1-1+1-1+1-1+1+\ldots$ in the real world?

I'm talking about the convergence of the series $1-1+1-1+1-1+1+\ldots$ to $1/2$. I was discussing with some friends (we study physics) and I argued that Cesaro summation is a fair extension of the ...
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How to apply cutoff in path integral?

I am working on harmonic oscillator for quantum fluctuations (apart from clasical part), path may written as $$ S_q=\int_0^Tdt[(\partial_tq)^2+w^2q^2] $$ This may written as $$ S_q=\int dt(q\Delta q) ...
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Is this charge density function, from a problem in Griffiths' book, a physically valid density?

This is from the book on electrodynamics by Griffiths: A sphere of radius $R$, centered at the origin, carries charge density $$\rho(r,\theta)= k(R/r^2)(R-2r)\sin(\theta)$$ where $k$ is ...
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Regularization of the 1-dimensional Laplacian

Disclaimer: this is a technical question about regularization of functional determinants which comes from a person with (relatively) strong background in QFT, string theory and path integrals, who ...
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Lattice propagator computation

I am reading this lecture on random surface theory by Thordur Jonsson. I feel like I should describe the problem a little for those who don't want to read the lecture. We are ultimately interested in ...
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Cuts of a Feynman diagram and the massless limit

Consider a $j$ point all massive leg one loop polygonal Feynman diagram $P$ representing some scattering process cut on a particular mass channel $s_i$. Invoking the relevant Feynman rules and ...
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Classical and quantum anomalies

I have read about anomalies in different contexts and ways. I would like to read an explanation that unified all these statements or points of view: Anomalies are due to the fact that quantum field ...
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How to handle the infrared divergence of massless $\phi^4$ in scattering

For massless $\phi^4$ theory, if exterior momentums are going to zero, then this diagram will be $$\int \frac{dk^4}{k^4}$$ will suffer from infrared divergence. Because the infrared divergence, ...
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How to choose the proper loop correction?

I review my QFT lecture notes and I am having hard times to figure out the significance of Ward identity in vacuum polarization. In class, we calculated one loop correction stated as $$ ...
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Two math methods apply the same loop integral lead different results! Why?

I tried to adopt the cut-off regulator to calculate a simple one-loop Feynman diagram in $\phi^4$-theory with two different math tricks. But in the end, I got two different results and was wondering ...
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Doubts with basic renormalization

When we renormalize to obtain the physical mass, the $\Lambda$ dependence of the physical mass is removed by introducing the counterterms in the Lagrangian. So whether we put ...
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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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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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What is primitive divergence?

As in the title, what is primitive divergence? How is it distinguished from normal divergence? As a followup, what is a primitive divergent graph in a theory? Some simple examples?
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Why does regularization work in this Bessel function integral?

I encountered some days before an integral representation for a modified Bessel function and should differentiate it. But in this representation : $$K(\omega,a)=\int_0^{\infty} \frac{ds}{s} ...
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Renormalization Using Momentum Cut-off Regularization, What Are The Subtraction Schemes Used?

In most of the books on QFT, the author talks about various methods of regularization but in the end chooses the dimensional regularization and MS-bar scheme when discussing the final renormalization, ...
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Infinite bare quantities and dressed quantities confusion

I'm getting very confused. Taking the example of the mass of the Z-boson. Constructing the GWS model using gauge symmetry breaking one finds a lagrangian which is a function of the Z-boson mass: ...
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Why regularization?

In quantum field theory when dealing with divergent integrals, particularly in calculating corrections to scattering amplitudes, what is often done to render the integrals convergent is to add a ...
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Point splitting technique in Pesking and Schroeder

One of the cornerstones of point splitting technique of calculating chiral anomaly (Peskin and Schroeder 19.1, p.655) is a symmetric limit $\epsilon \rightarrow 0$. And this is the point that I don't ...
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Fermionic oscillator and Hurwitz zeta function

Good resources for calculating Partition function of the fermionic oscillator using the Hurwitz zeta function? I liked the way Nakahara explain this, but some parts are really tricky for me (e.g. the ...
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Why IR divergences cancel by cross sections of next-to-leading diagrams?

I was reading QFT & Standard Model by Schwartz, Chapter 20 which is about IR divergences. He says that IR divergences only cancel cross sections for processes involving different initial or ...
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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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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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Dirac Current Spectral Representation

I'm reading Strocchi's book on The Non-Perturbative Foundations of Quantum Field Theory. In the chapter concerning point-splitting regularization, where the free Dirac current is defined as follows ...
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Dependence of finite part of loop integral on regularization

Recently I've calculated some process in which arise triangle loop with running two $W$ bosons and one massless fermion. The expression for integral is following: $$ I_{\alpha \beta}(r, q) = \int ...
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How do logarithms show up in the one loop calculation of the vacuum polarization in QED?

I am following Peskin with the computation of the vacuum polarization in QED and there is one thing I do not see. Equation (7.90) reads ...
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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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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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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 ...