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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Do particles with exactly zero energy exist?

In my understanding, in Newtonian mechanics if something has no mass it cannot be said to "exist" since it cannot possibly have energy or momentum and thus cannot participate in interactions or be ...
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How are scale of renormalization and scale of symmetry breaking related?

If symmetry breaking, e.g. with a potential $V=-\mu^2\phi^2 + \lambda \phi^4 $ occurs at a certain energy scale, and I now evolve to another scale via the Callan-Symanzik equations, does that change ...
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Rigorous Proof of General Relativity's Non-renormalizability?

The answer to this question and the comments on it implies that general relativity has not been rigorously shown to be non-renormalizable for all loop diagrams -- only shown for two loops. However, ...
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Is there a maximum number of fixed points that a QFT can have?

I was wondering: is there a maximum number of (trivial and non-trivial) fixed points that a QFT can have (as a function of the space-time dimension and field content in the QFT)?
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Calculation of Beta Functions in Yukawa Theory

I am trying to calculate the $\beta$ functions of the massless pseudoscalar Yukawa theory, following Peskin & Schroeder, chapter 12.2. The Lagrangian is $$\mathcal{L}=\frac{1}{2}(\partial_\mu \phi)...
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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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How do the renormalization enter the actual amplitude calculation in QFT?

I have studied QFT from Peskin and Schroeder and from a few other books and lectures and I think I understand the procedure of renormalizing various parameters in the Lagrangian like mass, coupling ...
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Mass and wave function renormalization In chiral perturbation theory

Before I put forward my actual question, I think it will be useful to set the context in a clear way and that involves my understanding of a few very basic things of Chiral Perturbation Theory. ...
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Is interaction a relevant perturbation for 1d Anderson localization of fermions?

Disorder is a relevant perturbation in 1d, which drives the system to Anderson localization. My question is if I am already at the Anderson localization fixed point, how to analyze the scaling ...
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renormalization subtraction point, scaling

When we use minimal subtraction scheme, for instance, we have a dependence of coupling on a scale $\mu$. Using the $\beta$ function, we can observe the behavior of the coupling at different scale $\mu$...
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Renormalization: in particular “ A hint of renormalization ” by Bertrand Delamotte [duplicate]

Per http://arxiv.org/pdf/hep-th/0212049.pdf His equation (22) and his statement " We show in Appendix B that, reciprocally, this choice is always possible if (15) is fulfilled. " As one will see ...
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In QFT how do you write down the most general interactions?

This past year I took a QFT class and I now feel comfortable solving scattering problems, but I am still a bit perplexed by how physicists write down a Lagrangian in the first place. In particular, ...
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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 $\Lambda\rightarrow\infty$...
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Clarification on Use of Counterterms in Renormalized Perturbation Theory

In renormalized perturbation theory, it's unclear to me how exactly we add the necessary counter-terms. Do we: Draw all possible diagrams, including the diagrams of the counter-terms to some order ...
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Statistical field theories on topological defects

Systems like superconductors and superfluids are often treated by specifying some phenomenological mean field theory where the free energy is given as a functional of some order parameter field. Given ...
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Field theory in four dimensions

I was reading Schwartz's book on QFT. In chapter 14.5 at p.267, while speaking about path integral he says: [...] the path integral (and field theories more generally) is only known to exist (i.e. ...
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Why can we set mass to zero in Yukawa RGE derivation?

In problem 12.1 from Peskin&Schroeder's book I have to derive the beta functions in massless Yukawa theory. What's the justification for setting mass to zero and what's the difference between ...
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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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Higgs mass and the hierarchy problem

I was wondering what is the opinion about importance of the hierarchy problem in the hep community? I'm still a student and I don't really understand, why there is so much attention around this issue. ...
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Doubts in understanding the role if quantum corrections in the Hierarchy Problem

Trying to understand the Hierarchy problem many questions come to my mind that I am unable to answer due probably to my poor understanding of renormalization. The basic set up of the hierarchy ...
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Assumptions in the LSZ reduction formula

In Srednicki, Chapter 5, it is said that the LSZ reduction formula holds only under the assumptions $$ \langle 0|\phi(x)|0\rangle =0 \qquad\text{and} \qquad \langle k|\phi(x)|0\rangle =e^{-ikx}$$ I ...
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Why is QCD hard to solve if I know the beta functions?

Why is it still hard to solve QCD if we know the beta functions of the coupling? Aren't only the loops causing problems? And am I not able to write every possible interaction exact at tree-level with ...
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Amputated Green's function in the LSZ formula

From Schwartz's QFT textbook, under Ch.18, Mass renormalization, Schwartz introduces a new LSZ formula with renormalized Green's function. He states that the new LSZ formula for QED, with pole mass $...
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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} e^{-i\...
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What is meant by “the superpotential is not renormalized”?

Reading about supersymmetry I often read the phrase because of the non-renormalization theorems the superpotential is not renormalized. I would like someone to be more explicit on what is ...
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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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Can you take the cutoff to infinity at a conformal fixed point?

A conformal fixed point is defined by $$\beta(g)=0$$ We hence know that couplings, masses and dimensions of operators do not flow in the effective Lagrangian when we change the renormalization ...
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What is meant by the phrase “this operator does not renormalize this other operator”, and how can understand it using diagrammatic arguments?

I am trying to understand some sentences in a paper. In section two the following theory of a (complex) massless scalar coupled to a $U(1)$ gauge boson is introduced $$\cal{L}_4=-|D_{\mu}\phi|^2-\...
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Are gauge theories always renormalizable?

Speaking of quantum field theories. Is one of the following implications correct? gauge theory (gauge invariant) => renormalizable renormalizable => gauge theory (gauge invariant) If yes do you ...
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Renormalization of Auxiliary Fields

I have the following non-linear sigma model (the base space $\mathcal{M}$ is Euclidean): $$ \mathcal{L}=\dfrac{1}{2\alpha}\int_{\mathcal{M}}\mathrm{d}^2\sigma\ \partial^2X^{\mu}\partial^2X_{\mu} $$ ...
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What is the procedure to follow if I want to renormalize a given operator $\cal{O}$ or a given coupling?

Consider QED. I know that the renormalization constant of the mass can be obtained from considering the electron propagator, regularizing it and renormalizing it. I know that from this process we can ...
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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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Anyonic braiding statistics from density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) simulations

How does the ground state energy of the system change when we braid two anyons? Can the braiding of anyons be simulated with a computational method such as the density matrix renormalization group, ...
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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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What is renormalization? [closed]

What is renormalization? I would want a rough description before I go and work on it properly (I did a course on QFT and on SM (which was 3rd course in the series) but skipped the 2nd course which ...
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Relation between Wilson approach to renormalization group and 'standard' RG

While studying renormalization and the renonormalization group i felt that there wasn't any completely satisfying physical explanation that would justify those methods and the perfect results they get....
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Can we change the point form $\not p = m$ to $\not p = 0$ in on-shell renormalization scheme condition?

In the on-shell scheme, in QCD, one can impose the counterterms action to vanish the part of 1PI diagrams on external lines. The on-shell condition can be written as follows: \begin{equation} {\left. {...
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Non-pertubative renormalization and correctness of a theory

Even if I start to understand why perturbative renormalization is necessary, I'm not exactly sure why non perturbative renormalization is. After asking the question to several theorists, what I think ...
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What is the difference between pole and running mass?

For example, when we meassure Higgs boson mass to be 125 GeV, do we think about renormalized or pole mass? Should the mass of the Higgs change if it is produced at higher energies?
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EFT and Renormalizability

Was trying to understand renormalizability in EFT. This is a little confusing especially the part of the misnomer. Can someone please explain this? Text taken from Wikipedia: "However, in an ...
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Deriving solution of the Renormalization Group Equation

I am trying to follow Matthew Schwartz's renormalization group lectures (pdf or see Chapter 23 of QFT and the SM by Matthew Schwartz), but I am having trouble with Eq. (book 23.31/pdf 29). I ...
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Effective operator in four-fermion interaction

In one book, I have got the following lines which I found myself unable to understand what is effective operator? The paragraph is given below: The weak interaction describes nuclear beta decay, ...
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Experimental determination of $\Lambda_{QCD}$

I have a question about $\Lambda_{QCD}$, the energy scale at which there is a transition from the regime of perturbative QCD to quark confinement. How it is measured experimentally?
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Why holographic renormalization?

Why is there a need to perform holographic renormalization for the normal $AdS_5\times S^5$/CFT$_4$ correspondence if the brane theory is conformal? Since the flow along the AdS direction $r$ is ...
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What does mathematical equivalence means here?

On Motls blog, http://motls.blogspot.com/2012/06/on-importance-of-conformal-field.html, while I was trying to understand what dimensional transmutation means, he said: I said that by omitting the ...
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Epstein-Glaser causal perturbation theory

Why does causal perturbation theory in the sense of Epstein Glaser fall under algebraic QFT rather than heuristic QFT in renormalization?
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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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Is gauge invariance essential to a theory be renormalizable?

Let's consider a model of New Physics in which all operator have dimension smaller than four, but which breaks explicitly $SU(2)_L$ gauge symmetry. Is this model necessarily renormalizable? ...
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Is the exact form of the Higgs potential known?

Usually the Higgs potential is given as $$ \frac{1}{2}\mu^2\phi^2 - \frac{1}{4}\lambda^2\phi^4 $$ but I never quite understood if this just serves to give us an idea of how symmetry breaking works, or ...