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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Why doesn't a renormalizable $\phi^4$ theory have odd diagrams?

I've been reading Zee's QFT textbook and trying to follow some lecture notes online whenever I can't grasp something. I really don't understand one thing regarding the renormalization of theories, ...
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What is precisely the energy scale of a process?

Coupling constants run with the energy scale $\mu$. But what is exactly this energy scale. My question is, if I have a physical process, how do I compute $\mu$?
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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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Why don't we have logarithms or exponentials of the fields in the Lagrangians?

All tbe Lagrangian densities I have seen have always been polynomials of the fields. Is this a coincidence or is there a reason forbid, say, Lagrangians with logarithms or exponentials of the fields?
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Temperature and Renormalization Scale in QFT

A particle physicist told me that everything in Peskin & Schroder is at zero temperature, and once you consider finite-$T$ QFT, things become more complicated. Meanwhile, I sometimes see people ...
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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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Charge renormalization point in massive abelian gauge theory

Let's assume massless QED. The Ward identities hold. Through this identity we determine the finite part of the counterterm when fix the value of electric charge to be the experimentally observed one: ...
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How to expand free energy of Heisenberg spin chain?

In Dasgupta & Ma's 1979 paper "Low-temperature properties of the random Heisenberg antiferromagnetic chain", they give the free energy of a few interacting Heisenberg spins on a chain. I can't ...
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Pole Mass vs. Running Mass vs. Other Running Parameters

Unless I'm mistaken, physical masses that one goes out an measures in experiments corresponding to the location of poles in the propagator and such pole masses are independent of the energy scale of ...
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Dimensional Regularization of the Higgs Mass Correction

I've found plenty of blog posts and papers where the authors claim that the Higgs mass divergence (usually presented with a momentum cutoff) doesn't show up under dimensional regularization. ...
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Virtual particles and the scaling effect on valence quarks

Inside a proton there are 3 valance quarks. In addition, there is constant creation and annihilation of gluon, quarks and anti-quarks. The number of virtual particles we observe depends on how ...
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Charge loop corrections

Let's assume some theory in which there is some gauge group (spontaneously broken) field $B$ and fermion field $b$ which isn't charged under this group, and this statement must hold for each order of ...
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What to do when finite counterterms are undetermined?

Suppose I have some theory of "new physics" which involves interaction of some gauge boson with Standard model. For this theory I have some loop-mediated process with this new gauge boson whose matrix ...
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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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Why is tree-level interaction between neutral scalar and photons non-renormalizable?

I've read that the decay of a neutral scalar particle into two photons, i.e., $$ S(p+q) \to \gamma(p) + \gamma(q) $$ can't happen via tree diagrams and instead is caused by loop diagrams (such as a ...
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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} \,\dot{\...
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Renormalization group and minimum substraction

I have several questions about renormalization group and minimum substraction scheme in particular. My first question is: 1) Why is the beta function typically just a function of coupling? In other ...
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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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Are the following terms, related to scale invariance and renormalization in QFT, equivalent?

Which of the following terms are equivalent? and in what cases/limits do the non-equivalent terms become equivalent? A) a scale invariant quantum field theory. B) a conformal quantum field theory. ...
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Superficial Degree of Divergence for Feynman Diagrams

The superficial degree of divergence for a diagram is defined as the power of $k$ in the nominator minus the power of $k$ in the denominator. It is written to be equal to $4\times$ (...
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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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The meaning of keeping the bare parameters fixed

So, this question concerns two different kinds of renormalization group equations. I would like some clarifications, if possible. The usual RG equations taught in QFT courses, like the Callan-...
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Why 5D gauge theory is non-renormalizable?

My question is following "Why 5D gauge theory is non-renormalizable?" Here I treat $5D$ supersymmetric gauge theories. Also I heard Non-renormalizablity of $5D$ gauge theories implies the ...
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In the Standard Model Lagrangian, why does every term's mass dimension have to be less than four?

In the Standard Model Lagrangian, why does every term's mass dimension have to be less than four? I know that the Lagrangian has to be renormalizable, I guess my question then translates into why aren'...
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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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Is the elementary charge really a constant of nature? - Accuracy of QED

There are a couple of natural constants; examples are Planck's constant or the Speed of light in vacuum. The elementary Charge is the coupling factor to all Kind of electromagnetic interactions; this ...
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Tadpole diagrams in $\phi^3$ theory

In "Quantum Field Theory" by Mark Srednicki, Chapter 9 page 67, after he proves that $\langle 0|\phi(x)|0 \rangle$ vanishes (meaning sum of all connected diagrams with a single source is zero), he ...
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Running of the Higgs mu term (or: running of individual mass terms in a complicated mass matrix)

I am wondering how to calculate the (one-loop) beta function for an individual mass term that appears in combination with a number of other mass terms in the coefficients of a number of fields. What ...
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Books/resources for statistical field theory

I was wondering if anyone knows good, approachable textbook or other resources about statistical field theory (topics like in Kardar's Statistical physics of fields: lattice models, mean field theory, ...
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Do “typical” QFT's lack a lagrangian description?

Sometimes as a result of learning new things you realize that you are incredibly confused about something you thought you understood very well, and that perhaps your intuition needs to be revised. ...
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Questions regarding $D=4 $ ${\cal N}=4$ supersymmetric Yang-Mills

I have some questions regarding the $D=4 $ ${\cal N}=4$ super-Yang-Mills theory (the one with a really long action which can be acquired by compactifying the 10-dimensional ${\cal N}=1$ theory). I ...
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Renormalization condition

Can any on explain to me, why renormalization condition $$\Sigma(\gamma_\mu p^\mu=m)=0,$$ for one loop implies $$\Sigma_2(m)=m\delta_2-\delta_m~?$$ In the original $\Sigma_2$ we had $ m_0$ which is ...
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Field renormalization of scalar Yang-Mills

In most books, one can find the field renormalization $Z_3$ in Yang-Mills with fermionic matter in the fundamental. In the $\overline{MS}$ scheme, tt is given by $$ Z_3 = 1 + \frac{g^2}{16\pi^2 \...
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Difference between 1PI effective action and Wilsonian effective action?

What is the simplest ay to describe the difference between these two concepts, that often go by the same name?
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Correlation length in d>1 Ising model, at zero temperature

I am studying the renormalization group approach to the Ising model using as a reference Cardy's book "Scaling and renormalization in statistical mechanics". I cannot understand what happens in the ...
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Renormalization in Classical Field Theory

1) The statement that general relativity (GR) is not renormalizable - is it a statement only about the quantization of GR or is it non-renormalizable also as a classical field theory? 2) More ...
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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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Conversion of results between cutoff regularization and dimensional regularization

Generally it would be expected that a renormalizable/physical quantum field theory (QFT) would be regularization independent. For this I would first fix my regularization scheme and then compute stuff....
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Physical meaning of RG transformation

When we do RG transformation in Statistical mechanics we eliminate unnecessary degrees of freedom and it leads us to the fixed point. How can I visualize it physically?
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A pedestrian explanation of Renormalization Groups - from QED to classical field theories

shortly after the invention of quantum electrodynamics, one discovered that the theory had some very bad properties. It took twenty years to discover that certain infinities could be overcome by a ...
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Scaling with the Ising Model

I am stuck with one formula in the CFT book by Di Francesco and al. Chapter 3. Equation 3.46 third step, for those who don't have the book, he integrates out degrees of freedom from the Ising Model by ...
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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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Anomalous dimension for bare actions with a standard kinetic term

In this paper on p42, it is explained that when starting with a bare action that contains a standard kinetic term, this kinetic term attains a correction in the course of the RG flow which can be ...
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Charge dependence of operators in QED renormalization

Consider a UV cutoff regulator $\Lambda$ with an effective QED lagrangian: $\mathcal{L}_{\Lambda} = \bar{\psi}_{\Lambda}(i\not \partial - m_{\Lambda})\psi_{\Lambda} - \frac{1}{4}(F^{\mu\nu}_{\Lambda})^...
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Reconciling two interpretations of renormalization

I know of two fascinating and perfectly reasonable explanations of renormalization. However, I'm having difficulty reconciling the two. The first is to say that when we initially write down a ...
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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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What is the relation between renormalization and self-adjoint extension?

What is the relation between renormalization and self-adjoint extension? It seems that a renormalization scheme can be rigorously treated mathematically using the self-adjoint extension theory. Is ...
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Fast and slow modes, and the vanishing of certain diagrams during re-normalization

In the middle of pg. 452 of Atland and Simonss Condensed Matter Field Theory, they state the following: Terms of $\mathcal{O}(\phi _{\text{s}}^3\phi _{\text{f}})$ do not arise because the addition ...