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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power counting and (superficial) non-renormalizability

Comment: This stuff is new to me so it doesn't entirely make sense (yet). Question: As I understand from Peskin and Schroeder chap 10 if you have a theory with interaction terms $\lambda \phi^n$ in ...
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Perturbative vs. non-perturbative approaches to a well-defined Yang-Mills theory in 4 dimensions

Another question regarding the Yang-Mills Existence and Mass Gap problem (http://www.claymath.org/sites/default/files/yangmills.pdf). Does the problem require that the "construction" of a four ...
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Naive unification of scalar QFT and GR is possible?

I am thinking on the Klein-Gordon equation with curved (non-diagonal) metrics. Is it possible? Doesn't have it some inherent contradiction? If yes, what? If no, what is this combined formula?
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How to cancel infinite mass corrections for quantities without counterterms?

I'm trying to understand how infinite mass corrections are cancelled for a particle that is massless at tree level. In short the problem is that we have infinite diagrams, but we don't have a ...
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What is the appropriate scaling for a Fermi-liquid fixed point?

I am puzzled with the RG description of Fermi liquids. Consider non-interacting spinless fermions in 2D that form a circular Fermi surface, with an energy cutoff $\Lambda\ll E_F$ ($E_F\equiv ...
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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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Finite corrections to the Higgs mass in SUSY

I am worried here about specific supersymmetric scenarios in which an energy scale above the TeV is introduces. An example would be the Seesaw extension of the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model. ...
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Field redefinitions and new counterterms

My question was motivated by my attempt to answer this question. Suppose we are given an action and we make a change of variables such that the theory is non-renormalizable. Does the new theory then ...
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Do divergent parts cancel out between the 1-loop contribution to the vertex and the self-energy on the electron legs of the vertex diagram?

I regret I don't know how to draw Feynman diagrams here, so I refer to the standard book Peskin-Schroeder. At the beginning of section 7.5 on page 244 of this book several Feynman diagrams are shown, ...
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Anomalies from a Renormaization Group Equation (RGE)

This is an approach to anomalies which seems unfamiliar to me.. Firstly what is this function $W$ which seems to satisfy the equation, $\frac{\partial W }{\partial g^{\mu \nu} } = \langle T_{\mu ...
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Intuition behind mass corrections to massless fermions

I'm trying to understand the intuition behind the mass correction to massless fermions. To be concrete lets consider a theory with a massless Weyl fermion ($\psi $), as well as two massive particles, ...
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Quantum field theory defines its own bounds of applicability

I recall hearing in a lecture something along the following lines: "Due to some intrinsic feature of quantum field theory in general (or maybe it was the standard model?), we know where it is ...
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Power counting with a cutoff

In Effective Field Theory video lectures found here, the professor explained power counting in effective field theories and the difficulties of power counting associated with loop diagrams. He then ...
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Can renormalization group evolution be used to capture emergence?

I am posing this question with condensed matter systems in mind. Is it, in principle, possible to obtain emergence using the renormalization group (RG)? I read in X.-G. Wen's book (Quantum Field ...
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Why does local gauge invariance suggest renormalizability?

I'm reading Gauge Field Theories: An Introduction with Applications by Mike Guidry and this particular remark is not obvious to me: A tempting avenue is suggested by the QED paradigm, for if a ...
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MS scheme and its RG equation by Cheng and Li

I've got a question about derivation of RG equations made in "Gauge theory of elementary particles" by Cheng & Li. At page 79 (page 97 in Russian edition) they represent bare parameters ($\mu_0, ...
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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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Wilson's Renormalization Group and Lie's Third Theorem

If you think of a one-parameter group of transformations along a curve in the plane as a (Lie) group, and the tangent vector to the curve as a generator of the curve we can intuitively understand ...
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Deriving Feynman rules from Renormalized Lagrangian

In the context of Renormalized Pertubation Theory Peskin Schröder says: The Lagrangian $$ \mathcal{L}=\frac{1}{2} (\partial_\mu\phi_r)^2-\frac{1}{2}m^2\phi_r^2-\frac{\lambda}{4!}\phi_r^4 + \frac{1}{2} ...
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O(N) sigma model renormalization

Does anyone know, is a model with lagrangian $\mathcal{L} = \frac{(\partial_{\mu}\phi_a)^2}{2}-\frac{m^2 \phi_a^2}{2}-\frac{\lambda}{8N}(\phi_a \, \phi_a)^2$ renormalizable? I'm using BPHZ scheme and ...
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Does the 4/3 problem of classical electromagnetism remain in quantum mechanics?

In Volume II Chapter 28 of the Feymann Lectures on Physics, Feynman discusses the infamous 4/3 problem of classical electromagnetism. Suppose you have a charged particle of radius $a$ and charge $q$ ...
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About the dimension of the longitudinal component of vector field

According to this lecture note http://www.staff.science.uu.nl/~wit00103/qft05.pdf page 115. Consider a Lagrangian for a massive vector field $$L = -\frac{1}{4} (\partial_{\mu} V_{\nu} - ...
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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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How to connect the dimension of perturbation constant with renormalizability

Let's have the Lagrangian $$ L = L_{0} + \lambda V , \qquad (1) $$ where $\lambda$ is constant which is small in the next senses: if $\lambda$ is dimensionless, it means that $\lambda < 1$; if it ...
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Renormalization of worldsheet energy-momentum tensor

At the end of section 2.3, Polchinski (in his volume 1) derives the energy-momentum tensor for free massless scalars on worldsheet. He adds a footnote that "the only possible ambiguity introduced by ...
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Do exact beta functions exist in (super)gravity theories and string theory?

An exact beta function exists for Super-Yang-Mills theories in 4D without matter - the so-called NSVZ beta function. Does a similar exact beta-function exist in gravity or supergravity theories? In ...
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Is the Higgs bare mass larger than the physical mass?

The Higgs boson propagator can be written $$\frac{1}{p^2-m^2+\Sigma(p^2)}$$. If we take $p^2=m_P^2$ the physical mass, we get $m_P^2=m^2-\Sigma(m_P^2)$. Now, if $\Sigma\sim \Lambda^2$, we get ...
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Why does a spurion analysis work independently of the UV physics?

In short, my question is why does a spurion analysis work to produce the correct symmetry breaking terms regardless of the high energy physics? The context that this question arose is from an ...
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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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Proof of renormalizability based on analyzing the symmetry of effective action: isn't regulator also important?

In QFT Vol2 written by Weinberg(Chap 16-17), or very much similarly in Adel Bilal's notes(Chap 7), a powerful way of proving renormalizability is presented: Analyze the symmetries of the quantum ...
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What is the connection between Conformal Field Theory and Renormalization group in QFT?

As I know, the fundamental concept of QFT is Renormalization Group and RG flow. It is defined by making 2 steps: We introduce cutting-off and then integrating over "fast" fields $\widetilde{\phi}$, ...
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What is the significance of the branch cut in renormalization group logarithms?

What is the physical significance of the branch cut in renormalization group logarithms? (Is this just an avatar of the optical theorem, or is there something to be understood about these logarithms ...
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Renormalizing composite operators

Consider the QED Lagrangian, \begin{equation} {\cal L} = \bar{\psi} ^{(0)} ( i \partial_\mu \gamma^\mu - m ) \psi ^{(0)} - e A _\mu ^{(0)} \bar{\psi} ^{(0)} \gamma ^\mu \psi ^{(0)} - \frac{1}{4} ...
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Anomalous Dimensions of Gauge Interactions

Peskin and Schroeder mention a few times that the anomalous dimension of a gauge interaction operator is zero. The justification for this is that the charge operator shouldn't get modified under ...
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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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Some conceptual questions on the renormalization group

I recently followed courses on QFT and the subject of renormalization was discussed in some detail, largely following Peskin and Schroeder's book. However, the chapter on the renomalization group is ...
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Renormalizing with external momenta set to zero

I've often seen in textbooks that authors renormalize diagrams by setting external momentum to zero. Under what conditions is this justified? An example of this is done in Manohar and Wise's book on ...
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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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Quantum field theories with asymptotic freedom

QCD is the best-known example of theories with negtive beta function, i.e., coupling constant decreases when increasing energy scale. I have two questions about it: (1) Are there other theories with ...
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Trace of Fermion Loops in Effective Field Theories

I'd like to know whether we need to take the trace of fermion loops in effective theory in the same way that we need to do so for renormalizable theories. At first thought, it seems obvious that ...
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Why is mass renormalization insufficient to explain electron mass?

In the Standard Model, I understand that the mass of the electron is assume to arise from two effects: A bare mass given by Yukawa interaction with the Higgs field, and A mass correction from mass ...
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Renormalizing IR and UV divergences

In lectures on effective field theory the professor wanted to find the correction to the four point vertex in massless $\phi^4$ theory by calculating the diagram, $\hspace{6cm}$ We consider the zero ...
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Are “confinement” and “asymptotic freedom” two sides of the same coin?

On Wikipedia it says that the two peculiar properties of quantum chromodynamics (QCD) are: confinement and asymptotic freedom. Asymptotic freedom is the idea that at low energies we cannot use ...
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In what sense is the renormalization group equation a group?

The renormalization group equation is given by: \begin{equation} \left[\mu \frac{\partial}{\partial \mu} + \beta \frac{\partial}{\partial g} + m \gamma_{m^2} \frac{\partial}{\partial m} - n \gamma_d ...
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How does the renormalization scale $\mu$ cancel in all finite observables?

In dimensional regularization, we must shift the dimensionless coupling $g$ by the renormalization scale $\mu$ (which has unit mass dimension): \begin{equation} g \rightarrow \mu^{4-d} g \tag{1} ...
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Renormalization and the Hierarchy Problem

The hierarchy problem is roughly: A scalar particle such as the Higgs receives quadratically divergent corrections, that have to cancel out delicately with the bare mass to give the observed Higgs ...
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Field Strength Renorm in Peskin&Schroeder

On page 237 in PS we have (the unnumbered equation after eq. 7.58) $$\mathcal{P} \sim \frac{iZ}{p^2-m^2-iZ\,\mathrm{Im}M^2(p^2)}$$ but after deriving it myself I obtained $$\mathcal{P} \sim ...
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Renormalizing QED with on-shell fermions

When renormalizing QED, we calculate the 1 loop correction to the fermion-fermion-photon vertex using the diagram, $\hskip2in$ When doing the calculation we typically let the photon go off-shell ...
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How do we measure the physical field of a particle?

In the renormalization procedure of quantum field theories, say $\lambda \phi^4$ theory for simplicity, we use the physical mass $m$, the physical coupling constant $\lambda$ and the physical field ...
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Reference for the renormalization of a scalar field's mass

There are a couple of interesting lectures by Leonard Susskind online, and in the first lecture on Supersymmetry & Grand Unification he explains renormalization. His example is the mass ...