$g\phi^3$ , $d=4$ , 3-point One-loop diagram (three external legs) Divergence

I am trying to find where the divergence factor/pole is on the following diagram in 4 dimensions so that I can use minimal subtraction...

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I know it is proportional to...

$$ \int d^dy_1 \ d^dy_2 \ d^dy_3 \ D_f(x_1,y_1)D_f(x_2,y_2)D_f(x_3,y_3)D_f(y_1,y_2)D_f(y_2,y_3) D_f(y_3,y_1)$$

where $D_f$ are Feynmann propagators. Which I can manipulate to get... $$ \int d^dp_1 \cdots d^dp_3 \left(\frac{\textrm{Exp}[ip_1x_1]}{p_1^2+m^2}\right) \cdots \left(\frac{\textrm{Exp}[ip_3x_3]}{p_3^2+m^2}\right) \delta[p_1+p_2+p_3] \bullet \int d^dp_4 \left(\frac{1}{p_4^2+m^2}\right) \left(\frac{1}{(p_2+p_4)^2+m^2}\right) \left(\frac{1}{(p_2+p_3+p_4)^2+m^2}\right). $$

Which looks like a renormalization to the coupling constant $g$. So I only mess around with the $p_4$ integral, however it seems to be finite (no divergences) when I use Feynmanns trick... $$ \frac{1}{abc}=2 \int_0^1 dx \int^{1-x}_0 dy \ (ax+by+c(1-x-y))^{-3} $$ and the following integral... $$ \int \frac{d^dp}{(p^2+2p \cdot q +m^2)^n} \textrm{(Minkowski)} = i \pi^{d/2}(m^2-q^2)^{d/2-n} \frac{\Gamma[n-d/2] \Gamma[d/2]}{\Gamma[n]}. $$

Was just wondering if I am going in the right direction or if I did something wrong.

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    $\begingroup$ You have 3 propagators, so the denominator of your loop momentum goes like $\frac{1}{k^6}$ dimensionally, while you're in 4 dimensions so you have $\int\; dk \, k^3$. The field is not massless and you needn't worry about IR divergences. So what do you think about the UV behaviour of the loop integral? $\endgroup$
    – Siva
    Dec 23, 2013 at 3:06

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In $d=4$ and $n=3$, you the following relation $w = 4 - E - V$, where:

  • $w=$ supercifial degree of divergence
  • $E=$ external legs
  • $V=$ number of vertices

So, if you replace the values of $d$ and $n$, you will get $w<0$, therefore you won't have $UV$ divergences in that diagram.


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