A Combinatorial Perspective on Quantum Field Theory by Karen Yeats

By Karen Yeats

This ebook explores combinatorial difficulties and insights in quantum box conception. it isn't accomplished, yet quite takes a journey, formed through the author’s biases, via a few of the vital ways in which a combinatorial point of view may be delivered to endure on quantum box conception. one of the results are either actual insights and fascinating mathematics.

The booklet starts off by way of contemplating perturbative expansions as different types of producing services after which introduces renormalization Hopf algebras. the rest is damaged into elements. the 1st half seems to be at Dyson-Schwinger equations, stepping steadily from the simply combinatorial to the extra actual. the second one half seems at Feynman graphs and their periods.

The flavour of the e-book will entice mathematicians with a combinatorics heritage in addition to mathematical physicists and different mathematicians.

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At the level of the generating function or perturbation series we can go from connected graphs to 1PI graphs by using the Legendre transform, so we can restrict to 1PI graphs. Let G be the set of connected 1PI graphs in a fixed theory. As with the ConnesKreimer Hopf algebra, renormalization Hopf algebras will be polynomial algebras first. Specifically as an algebra our Hopf algebra H is K [G ]. We will think of this multiplication as disjoint union and so view a monomial as a possibly disconnected graph.

H |}. A graph with a half edge labelling is called a half edge labelled graph. See Fig. 1 for an example. Graphs and labelled graphs are considered up to isomorphism. Multiple edges and loops in the sense of graph theory (self loops) are allowed. Graphs in this sense, whether labelled or not, form a combinatorial class with the size being the number of half edges. Later, in the context of combinatorial physical theories, we will put types on the half edges and restrict which types can come together at a vertex.

This is meant in the sense that the integrals diverge, but if we take the difference, formally, between the integral at some fixed reference scale and the integral at some other scale of interest then we get a finite integral. Thinking this way leads, after all the substantial details are worked out, to renormalization by subtracting at a reference scale such as in MOM scheme. See below for some toy tree Feynman rules which can be renormalized in this way. There are many other ways to think about the divergences in quantum field theory and many other renormalization schemes with different strengths and weaknesses.

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