In Peskin & Schroeder's book page 524, the following diagram is calculated for the gauge boson self-energy in order $g^2$:

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In dimensional regularization, its contribution is given by

$$-g^2C_2(G)\delta^{ab}\int\frac{d^dp}{(2\pi)^d}\frac{1}{p^2}\cdot g^{\mu\nu}(d-1)$$

At this point, Peskin & Schroeder say that "we could simply discard this diagram". It is clear that the integral over $p$ does not give a pole as $d\rightarrow 4$, but it is also divergent. Why can we simply discard this diagram? (Just because it is not logarithmically divergent?) Many thanks in advance!


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The only argument I can find for this is a couple pages earlier, where they say

...which in turn implies that the photon self-energy diagrams have the structure

$= i(q^2 g^{\mu\nu} - q^\mu q^\nu)\Pi(q^2)$

The only divergence possible is a logarithmically divergent contribution to $\Pi(q^2)$. In non-Abelian gauge theories, (16.57) still holds, so the self-energy again has the Lorentz structure (16.58).

Their point is that the total self-energy cannot have a pole in any dimension, and so if we find a term that does have a pole for any value of $d$, as with $d\to 2$ in the case of the term you're asking about, we know that something else has to cancel it out.

  • $\begingroup$ Is it right to say that the dimensional regularization can only deal with logarithmical divengence? $\endgroup$
    – soliton
    Commented May 12, 2013 at 9:48
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    $\begingroup$ No, it can deal with power divergences as well. $\endgroup$
    – David Z
    Commented May 12, 2013 at 17:47
  • $\begingroup$ Could you give me an example? $\endgroup$
    – soliton
    Commented May 13, 2013 at 4:49
  • $\begingroup$ Have a look at this. It explains dimensional regularization for general $1/p^{2n}$-type integrals. $\endgroup$
    – David Z
    Commented May 13, 2013 at 5:27

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