Renormalization is an ensemble of techniques which serves to treat the infinities which appear in quantum field theory or statistical mechanics.

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Energy scale dependence of coupling constants

I am trying to understand the meaning of the renormalization group equation and what i have understood is that, since observable (or physical?) quantities must not depend on arbitrary energy scales, ...
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Superficial degree of divergence on Weinberg

Reading volume 1 of Weinberg's QFT book, chapter 12, page 505 he says that if you consider a diagram with degree of divergence $D\geq{}0$, its contribution can written as a polynomial of order $D$ in ...
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Field strength renormalization: going outside of Fock space? [closed]

When one talks about field strength renormalization, one defines the renormalized field $\psi^R(x)$ in the following way (I'm using the notation from Matthew Schwartz's book): $\psi^R(x) \equiv ...
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“Irreversibility” of the RG flow

In his remarkable work, Zamolodchikov proved a theorem regarding two dimensional QFT Renormalization Group (RG) flow, describing a monotonically decreasing function in the flow parameter which is ...
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Linear term in six dimensional $\phi^3$-theory

In our current QFT homework we are given the following Lagrangian in six spacetime dimensions. It is $$ \mathcal L = \frac12 [\partial \phi]^2 - c_0 \phi - \frac{m_0^2}2\phi^2 - ...
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S-matrix element for forward scattering and amputed green function

I'm studying dispersion relations applied as alternative method to perturbation theory from Weinberg's book (Vol.1) Let's consider the forward scattering in the lab frame of a massless boson of any ...
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Can the terms in the microscopic model with nonzero conformal spin generate some new term(s) under RG (renormalization group) flow?

As in the book Bosonization and Strongly Correlated Systems at page 66, it says that "We see that the original perturbation with nonzero conformal spin generates the perturbation with zero conformal ...
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multi-dimensional renormalization group flow?

Suppose you have $\lambda \phi^3$ theory, and that you renormalize the 2 and 3 point one-particle irreducible graphs, $\Pi_R(p^2)$ and $\Gamma_R(p_1,p_2,p_3)$, by Taylor expanding about $p=\mu_0$ for ...
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Renormalization Group Invariance of Scattering Amplitude

How can one show that the scattering amplitude is renormalization group invariant using the fact that the bare Green's function $G_0^{(n)}$ is renormalization group invariant? We have: $(1) \quad ...
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Am I understanding correctly the argument that leads to the need for field and mass renormalization?

I'm studying Quantum Field Theory from Weinberg's book, and I'm to the point where he introduces the concept of renormalization. I'd like to know if I'm getting the point that Weinberg makes when ...
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What justifies the dependence of the coupling renormalization constant in the dimensional regularization regulator?

I wanna clarify some issues about renormalization in the $\bar{MS}$ scheme that I glossed over when I first learnt about this stuff. I am following http://arxiv.org/abs/1411.7853 section 3.1. The ...
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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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Beta function calculation in massless minimal subtraction $\phi^4$ theory

I'm trying to understand how to calculate the beta function in massless phi^4 theory using dimensional regularisation and minimal subtraction. I'm struggling to understand: Is it possible to ...
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One-Loop Yukawa RGEs

I'm currently trying to understand how one can write the one-loop RGEs for the Yukawa couplings using the general formula: One example I'm interested in is how the author derives, using this ...
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Are the bare parameters of a renormalizable field theory infinitesimal or infinite?

I think this should be an easy question. Several sources I've read say that the bay parameters in a quantum field theory are "infinite" so that the renormalized values are "finite". However, in ...
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Why Conserved Current Should Not Need Renormalization?

May be this is trivial but I need to understand why the renormalization of conserved current is not necessary ? As for example, in this paper, they demand (2$^{nd}$ paragraph of the 2$^{nd}$ column in ...
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Axion theory and effective loop induced interactions

Suppose we have QCD axion (at this point - above the QCD scale): $$ \tag 1 L = \frac{1}{2}(\partial_{\mu}\theta)^{2} + g_{\theta \gamma}\frac{\theta}{f_{\theta}}F_{EM}\tilde{F}_{EM} + ...
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Apparent failure of SUSY nonrenormalization theorem

I am having trouble reconciling two pieces of information. Consider supersymmetric QED, i.e. a supersymmetric U(1) gauge theory with two chiral superfields of opposite charges, $h$ and $\hat{h}$. ...
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Renormalization confusion

I'm starting to read about renormalization in the case of scalar field theory. I have some confusions. I will consider momentum renormalization. First, consider a theory with a coupling constant ...
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History of Renormalization Group

I want to study from an historical point of view the renormalization group (starting from statistical mechanics). Are there any historical (but also technical) books about this? Thanks.
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Intuition for parameter $\mu$ in dimensional regularization

In dimensional regularization, a dimensionless coupling $g$ is replaced by $\mu^{4-d}g$ so that it can remain dimensionless. $\mu$ is unphysical, though its choice affects the values of counterterms. ...
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Physical meaning of Ward Identity and computing vertex functions

Following the derivation of Ward Identity by Weinberg book, you get it in the form $$ (l-k)_\mu S'(k)\Gamma^\mu(k,l)S'(l) = i S'(l) - iS'(k) $$ Can anyone explain the physical meaning of this ...
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Symmetry of interaction lagrangian and symmetry of full lagrangian

Suppose we have lagrangian $$ \tag 1 L = \frac{\theta}{f_{\gamma}}F_{EM}\tilde{F}_{EM} +\frac{1}{2}(\partial_{\mu}\theta)^2 - \frac{1}{2}m_{\theta}^2\theta^2 + L_{SM}, $$ where $\tilde{F}_{EM}$ ...
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Why the QED coupling constant is a continuous function? [closed]

In page 316 of 'Student friendly quantum field theory', when discussing Figure 12-4, it says that the QED coupling constant is a continuous function of $\ln(p)$. But I think it's disconnected at ...
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How are the real-space RG transformations defined?

I'm reading Shang-keng Ma's book Modern theory of critical phenomena, and I'm a bit confused as to how the real-space RG transformations are defined. Ma basically says that these transformations are ...
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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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Difference between DMRG (density matrix renomalization group) and MPS (matrix product states)?

I am learning DMRG recently. I noticed there are many papers both in the DMRG approach and MPS (such as variational matrix product state (VMPS) by F.Verstraete and J.I.Cirac) approach. In my eyes, ...
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Complex scalar field theory

For the complex scalar field theory $$L = -\partial_{\mu}\phi^{*}\partial_{\mu}\phi - m^{2}\phi^{*}\phi + J\phi^{*}+J^{*}\phi,$$ Why is there no factor of 1/2 in the lagrangian like in the real ...
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Renormalization group resummation

I'm having trouble in understeanding a mathematical feature of RG, namely how it provides a way to resum the perturbation series and how that's defined mathematically. From a conceptual point of view ...
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Charge screening

By the charge screening effect the charge of the electron increases if the scale of energy increases. But which charge increases, the "true" charge or the bae chagre which will be normalized to the ...
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Renormalization and Conway/Surreal Numbers

In the final chapter of his book "An Interpretive Introduction to Quantum Field Theory", Paul Teller writes about three interpretations of renormalization in quantum field theory. In particular, ...
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How to Calculate Anomalous Dimensions in (Effective) QED

I am following the conventions here. Consider the (effective) QED Lagrangian ...
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A small issue in renormalisation group formalism

In the general RG formalism, suppose $\vec{\mu}$ represents a vector in parameter space and $\vec{\mu}^*$ is the fixed point under the transformation $R$. Then for $\vec{\mu}=\vec{\mu}^*+\delta ...
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Why is the term $m\delta_2\delta_m\bar{\psi}\psi$ ignored in the QED Lagrangian?

Consider the QED Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L}=\bar{\psi}_0(i\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu}-e_0\gamma^{\mu}A_{0\mu}-m_0)\psi_0-\frac{1}{4}(\partial_{\mu}A_{0\nu}-\partial_{\nu}A_{0\mu})^2$$ where the 0 ...
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What is the exact meaning that QED perturbative series is only asymptotic and eventually diverges at very high orders?

When I read paper PRB89, 235431 about the effective field theory of graphene, there is a statement that QED perturbative series is only asymptotic and eventually diverges at very high orders (e. g. ...
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CFTs in the phase space of QFTs [closed]

In the cases I have encountered a CFT is often realised as a RG fixed POINT of the RG flow. Is it also possible to have a whole family/mine/manifold of CFTs instead?
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Peskin Schroeder and the general solution to Callan-Symanzik Equation

I have a couple of questions regarding Peskin and Schroeder's derivation of the solution to the Callan-Symanzik equation. First of all, they claim that using ...
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Spinor field normalisation from poles in the propagator

In the theory of free scalar bosons (KG field) it is a basic result that the propagator $\Delta(p)$ has poles at $p^2=m^2$, with residue $1$ (or any other constant, depending on conventions). Thinking ...
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Wilsonian Renormalization Group and Symmetries of the EFT

I have am action $S_0$ valid up to energy scale $\Lambda_0$ with renormalisable terms. I want to study the EFT at a lower scale $\Lambda \ll \Lambda_0$, by using the Wilsonian RG. It will give me an ...
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QFT: What does “finiteness” mean?

As above: what is the definition of a QFT to be "finite"? That all UV corrections are finite and there are no divergences at all? That there are divergences, but these divergences can be absorbed ...
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renormalization - free energy density scaling

By introduction to the renormalization theory we have started with the following Hamiltonian: $$ H=\int d^d x [\delta m^2+k(\nabla m)^2+h m ] $$ We have assumed that $\delta$ and $h$ scale as: $$ ...
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Complete renormalization in $\phi^4$-theory?

In the one-loop renormalization of $\phi^4$-theory, only 1PI vertex functions $\Gamma^{(2)}$ and $\Gamma^{(4)}$ are regularized and renormalized. But they do not exhaust all the irreducible connected ...
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Is the self energy divergence problem of point charge resolved in the context of general relativity?

The point charge model of electron became problematic in the context of electrodynamics/special relativity, because if we calculate the mass/energy of the electric field, it becomes divergent in the ...
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What are the six quark mass values when extrapolated to Planck energy?

Let us assume that the standard model is correct up to Planck mass. (Yes, I know, this is a big assumption.) If we continue the running of quark masses with energy (due to renormalization), what are ...
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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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Why is a vertex a derivative of the propagator?

Where can I find the proof to this nice trick: if the momentum $q$ is small, the vertex is the derivative with respect to the mass of a propagator times a factor $(-m/v)$ like in the picture:
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QED+Classical Background Renormalization

I would like to ask a question related to quantum corrections and renormalization in QED. We have the QED vertex $\overline{\psi}[-ie \gamma^{\mu}(B_{\mu}+A_{\mu})]\psi,$ being $B_{\mu}$ a classical ...
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If we considered chiral perturbation theory with coplex $\phi$-s, wold the next lo leading order renormalization $\gamma$-s change?

The Lagrangian of chiral perturbation theory (with two quark flavors) is written using the following matrix $U$ $$U=e^{i\sigma^i\phi_i/f}$$ where $\sigma^i$ are the Pauli matrices, $\phi_i$ are three ...
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About equivalence of two ways of “derivation” of Standard model

Two ways of SM derivation I know two methods of SM lagrangian "derivation". The first one, which I will call as Weinberg way, is based on approaches of SM as theory with spontaneusly broken ...
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Ultraviolet behaviour in dimensional regularization

In dimensional regularization, we introduce an arbitrary energy scale $\mu$. Naively, it plays the role of another parameter of the theory that needs to be fixed experimentally, but actually it is not ...