As explained in Weinberg's The Quantum Theory of Fields, Volume 2, Chapter 20.7 Renormalons, instantons are a known source of poles in the Borel transform of the perturbative series. These poles are on the negative real axis, and the series remains Borel-summable as long as the coupling constant is not too large.

However, instantons are objects in the Euclidean version of QFT. What's the significance of the above Borel resummation in the Minkowski theory?

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    $\begingroup$ You seem to be thinking that the perturbation theory of the Euclidean and Minkowskian theories are unrelated, but in fact they are related. I suppose a good analogy here is complex analysis, where you can compute an integral by contour deformation and the position of the poles in complex plane is important. $\endgroup$
    – Sidious Lord
    Mar 4, 2012 at 15:46
  • $\begingroup$ @SidiousLord: good point. But I'm more interested in seeing an application in a specific problem, which Weinberg's book hasn't done. $\endgroup$
    – felix
    Mar 4, 2012 at 18:10
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    $\begingroup$ it would be easier to realize that Instantons are tunneling solutions to the physical Minkowski theory, and that the Euclideanization is a trick to streamline the WKB method in field theory. $\endgroup$
    – QuantumDot
    Aug 26, 2012 at 14:24
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    $\begingroup$ See this and related work. $\endgroup$
    – Siva
    Mar 24, 2018 at 22:04


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