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  Instantons and Borel Resummation

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As explained in Weinberg's The Quantum Theory of Fields, Volume 2, Chapter 20.7 Renormalons, instantons are a known source of poles in the Borel transform of the perturbative series. These poles are on the negative real axis, and the series remains Borel-summable as long as the coupling constant is not too large.

However, instantons are objects in the Euclidean version of QFT. What's the significance of the above Borel resummation in the Minkowski theory?

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asked Mar 4, 2012 in Theoretical Physics by felix (110 points) [ no revision ]
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You seem to be thinking that the perturbation theory of the Euclidean and Minkowskian theories are unrelated, but in fact they are related. I suppose a good analogy here is complex analysis, where you can compute an integral by contour deformation and the position of the poles in complex plane is important.

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@SidiousLord: good point. But I'm more interested in seeing an application in a specific problem, which Weinberg's book hasn't done.

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Borel summation provides analytic resummed functions. Analytic continuation of the $n$-point functions of a Euclidean quantum field theory with reflection positivity to real time gives the $n$-point functions of a Minkowski quantum field theory. The instantons of a Euclidean quantum field theory lead to a nonuniqueness of the Minkowski vacuum and corresponding $\theta$ angles (parameterizing this) in the Minkowski quantum field theory.

answered Dec 22, 2016 by Arnold Neumaier (15,787 points) [ no revision ]

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