, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 227-246

Small distance behaviour in field theory and power counting

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For infinitesimal changes of vertex functions under infinitesimal variation of all renormalized parameters, linear combinations are found such that the net infinitesimal changes of all vertex functions are negligible relative to those functions themselves at large momenta in all orders of renormalized perturbation theory. The resulting linear first order partial differential equations for the asymptotic forms of the vertex functions are, in quantum electrodynamics, solved in terms of one universal function of one variable and one function of one variable for each vertex function whereby, in contrast to the renormalization group treatment of this problem, the universal function is obtained from nonasymptotic considerations. A relation to the breaking of scale invariance in renormalizable theories is described.