Asymptotic Analysis of the Local Potential Approximation to the Wetterich Equation

Carl M. Bender, Sarben Sarkar

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This paper reports a study of the nonlinear partial differential equation that arises in the local potential approximation to the Wetterich formulation of the functional renormalization group equation. A cut-off-dependent shift of the potential in this partial differential equation is performed. This shift allows a perturbative asymptotic treatment of the differential equation for large values of the infrared cut-off. To leading order in perturbation theory the differential equation becomes a heat equation, where the sign of the diffusion constant changes as the space-time dimension D passes through 2. When D  <  2, one obtains a forward heat equation whose initial-value problem is well-posed. However, for D  >  2 one obtains a backward heat equation whose initial-value problem is ill-posed. For the special case D  =  1 the asymptotic series for cubic and quartic models is extrapolated to the small infrared-cut-off limit by using Padé techniques. The effective potential thus obtained from the partial differential equation is then used in a Schrödinger-equation setting to study the stability of the ground state. For cubic potentials it is found that this Padé procedure distinguishes between a -symmetric theory and a conventional Hermitian theory (g real). For an theory the effective potential is nonsingular and has a stable ground state but for a conventional theory the effective potential is singular. For a conventional Hermitian theory and a -symmetric theory (g  >  0) the results are similar; the effective potentials in both cases are nonsingular and possess stable ground states.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
JournalJournal of Physics A
Issue number22
Early online date8 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018


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