Treating divergent perturbation theory: Lessons from exactly solvable 2D models at large

Daniel Schubring, Chao Hsiang Sheu, Mikhail Shifman

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We consider the operator product expansion (OPE) of correlation functions in the supersymmetric nonlinear sigma model at subleading order in the large limit in order to study the cancellation between ambiguities coming from infrared renormalons and those coming from various operators in the OPE. As has been discussed in the context of supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory in four dimensions, supersymmetry presents a challenge to this cancellation. In a bid to solve this problem we consider two-dimensional as a toy model. A background field method inspired by Polyakov’s treatment of the renormalization of the bosonic model is used to identify explicit operators in the OPE of the two-point functions of bosonic and fermionic fields in the model. In order to identify the coefficient functions in the OPE, the exact two-point functions at subleading order in large are expanded in powers of the natural infrared length scale. The ambiguities arising from renormalons in the coefficient functions and vacuum expectation values of operators in the OPE are shown to cancel to all orders. The question of supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory without matter remains open.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number085016
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number8
StatePublished - Oct 15 2021

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Funding Information:
This work is supported in part by DOE Grant No. DE-SC0011842 and the U of M. N. Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.

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© 2021 Published by the American Physical Society.


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