Quantum extremism: effective potential and extremal paths
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The reality and convexity of the effective potential in quantum field theories has been studied extensively in the context of Euclidean space-time. It has been shown that canonical and path-integral approaches may yield different results, thus resolving the convexity problem. We discuss the transferal of these treatments to Minkowskian space-time, which also necessitates a careful discussion of precisely which field configurations give the dominant contributions to the path integral. In particular, we study the effective potential for the N=1 linear sigma model.
KeywordsEffective Potential Convexity Problem Euclidean Case Counter Term Linear Sigma Model
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