Questions tagged [non-perturbative]

Use this for questions which discuss models of quantum theories which do not make use of peturbation theory.

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Formalizing Quantum Field Theory [duplicate]

I'm wondering about current efforts to provide mathematical foundations and more solid definition for quantum field theories. I am aware of such efforts in the context of the simpler topological or ...
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Why should the Standard Model be renormalizable?

Effective theories like Little Higgs models or Nambu-Jona-Lasinio model are non-renormalizable and there is no problem with it, since an effective theory does not need to be renormalizable. These ...
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Instantons, anomalies, and 1-loop effects

A symmetry is anomalous when the path-integral measure does not respect it. One way this manifests itself is in the inability to regularize certain diagrams containing fermion loops in a way ...
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What do we mean when we say 't Hooft proved that Standard Model is renormalizable?

This question is inspired from Why should the Standard Model be renormalizable? Ron Maimon says that standard model is renormalizable, and though there seems to be conflicting (?) answers. Is this ...
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What are non-perturbative effects and how do we handle them?

Schwartz's QFT book contains the following passage. To be precise, total derivatives do not contribute to matrix elements in perturbation theory. The term $$\epsilon^{\mu\nu\alpha\beta} F_{\mu\...
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Does QED really break down at the Landau pole?

In QED, the fine structure constant $\alpha$ runs upwards in the UV, with a loop calculation (involving a geometric series of the vacuum polarisation diagram) indicating a divergence in $\alpha$ at $\...
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Can we get full non-perturbative information of interacting system by computing perturbation to all order?

As we know perturbative expansion of interacting QFT or QM is not a convergent series but an asymptotic series which generally is divergent. So we can't get arbitrary precision of an interacting ...
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What does a non-perturbative theory mean?

I'm a science writer and I'm having difficulty understanding what a non-perturbative approach means. I thought I understood what perturbative meant, but in looking for explanations of non-perturbative,...
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Books on non-perturbative phenomena in quantum field theory

I am looking for any good places (preferably textbooks) to study about introductory non-perturbative phenomena in Quantum field theory. Any suggestion will be appreciated.
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Non-Perturbative Feynman diagrams?

The Wikipedia page for Feynman Diagrams claims that Thinking of Feynman diagrams as a perturbation series, nonperturbative effects like tunnelling do not show up, because any effect that goes to ...
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Advanced topics in string theory

I'm looking for texts about topics in string theory that are "advanced" in the sense that they go beyond perturbative string theory. Specifically I'm interested in String field theory (including ...
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What's the difference between a gauge theory with group $G$ and one with its universal cover?

Consider a gauge theory with gauge group $G$, which is not simply connected. What is the difference between this theory, and one with gauge group $\tilde G$, the universal cover of $G$? Sharing the ...
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difference between classical vacuum solutions and instantons

What does the classical vacuum of the $SU(2)$ Yang-Mills action correspond to? Does it correspond to $F_{\mu\nu}=0$ everywhere or just at the spatial infinity? In Srednicki’s book, he has shown that, ...
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Is there a non-perturbative remormalization? If so, how does it work?

Is there a method to renormalize a theory without using perturbative expansions for the divergences? For example, is there a method to get masses and other renormalized quantities without using ...
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Baryon number violation in the Standard Model

Anomaly cancellation in the Standard model requires $B-L$ to be constant, which is done using perturbative diagrammatic expansion. Secondly, baryon number is conserved as an $U(1)$ global field ...
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The Origins of Instantons from Path Integrals

I know that you can come across non-perturbative effects in QFT, particular when the coupling constant lies outside the radius of convergence of the asympototic perturbation series. From the ...
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Why do we care about old-style, counterterm renormalizability?

There are a few different definitions of renormalizability that are standard in quantum field theory textbooks. They're all called the same thing, but I'll make up names to make the distinctions clear....
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LSZ reduction theorem derivation in Weinberg QFT

When deriving LSZ reduction theorem Weinberg in his QFT book have assumed n-point generalized Green functions, $$ G(q_{1},...,q_{n}) = \int d^{4}x_{1}...d^{4}x_{n}e^{-i\prod_{i =1}^{n}q_{j}x_{j}} \...
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How to path-integrate over the half-line?

Consider the path-integral over a scalar field $\varphi$: $$ Z=\int_{\mathcal S}\ \mathrm e^{iS[\varphi]}\mathrm d\varphi $$ where $\mathcal S$ is some function space (say, Schwartz or its dual). How ...
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Question about the vacua of the Standard Model

This question is probably based on a misunderstanding. Please correct me if I'm wrong, and if unclear, I'll try to put it in a clearer language. In Yang-Mills theory such as the theory of strong ...
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What constitutes a 'reliable' instanton calculation?

In Modern Supersymmetry, John Terning, on pgs 151, and 153 performs a so called 'reliable' instanton calculation when dealing with the ADS superpotential 'since the gauge group is completely broken'. ...
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Significance of total divergence anomaly term

What is the significance of the fact that the anomany term (calculated from the triangle diagram) is a total divergence? Or, in other words, what is the significance of $$\partial_\mu j^\mu_A\sim Tr(W\...
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On the asymptotics of interacting correlation functions

Consider an interacting QFT (for example, in the context of the Wightman axioms). Let $G_2(x)$ be the two-point function of some field $\phi(x)$: $$ G_2(x)=\langle \phi(x)\phi(0)\rangle $$ Question: ...
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Triviality of Yang Mills in $d>4$?

It has been proved that the $\phi^4$ theory is trivial in spacetime dimensions $d>4$. By trivial I mean that the field $\phi$ is a generalized free field, or in other words, it's only nonzero ...
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Determination of the global structure of the SM gauge group

The Standard Model of particle physics can be constructed by specifying its gauge group $G$ and the representations of the fields (plus some extra information: Lorentz invariance, values of the ...
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Topological susceptibility of electroweak theta-term

Suppose EW theory generating functional: $$ Z[\text{sources}] = \int D(A,\psi,\bar{\psi}, H,H^{\dagger})\text{exp}\bigg[i\int d^{4}x\bigg(-\frac{1}{4g_{EW}^2}F_{EW}^2 + \bar{\psi}(D - m)\psi + DH^{\...
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Perturbative coupling for QFT

I'm confused about the definition of a perturbative coupling for QFT that it should be less than 4 $\pi$, because the higher order corrections comes of order $\lambda/(4 \pi)$ .. Now why QCD is not ...