The running coupling at finite temperature

  • K. Enqvist
  • K. Kainulainen


We propose the ensemble averaged running coupling as the meaningful measure of the coupling strength of an equilibrium gas and consider its scaling behaviour. We show that the high temperature limit of the average coupling is obtained by keeping the temperature to the renormalization point ratio,T/μ, fixed. In hot QCD gas this implies asymptotic freedom and a beta function which is independent ofT up to two loops. In the MOM scheme a minimal sensitivity to temperature is obtained with the choice μ=2.6T.


Field Theory Elementary Particle Quantum Field Theory Coupling Strength Temperature Limit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Enqvist
    • 1
  • K. Kainulainen
    • 1
  1. 1.NorditaCopenhagen ØDenmark

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