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19R1 D. Anselmi
Theories of gravitation
Last update: October 5th 2018
PhD course – 54 hours – Videos of lectures and PDF files of slides
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18A5 Damiano Anselmi
The correspondence principle in quantum field theory and quantum gravityWe discuss the fate of the correspondence principle beyond quantum mechanics, specifically in quantum field theory and quantum gravity, in connection with the intrinsic limitations ... (read more)

18A4 Damiano Anselmi
Fakeons, microcausality and the classical limit of quantum gravityWe elaborate on the idea of fake particle and its physical consequences. When a theory contains fakeons, the true classical limit is determined by the ... (read more)

18A3 Damiano Anselmi and Marco Piva
Quantum gravity, fakeons and microcausalityWe investigate the properties of fakeons in quantum gravity at one loop. The theory is described by a graviton multiplet, which contains the fluctuation $h_{\mu ... (read more)

18A2 Damiano Anselmi and Marco Piva
The ultraviolet behavior of quantum gravityA theory of quantum gravity has been recently proposed by means of a novel quantization prescription, which is able to turn the poles of the ... (read more)

18A1 Damiano Anselmi
Fakeons and LeeWick modelsThe “fakeon” is a fake degree of freedom, i.e. a degree of freedom that does not belong to the physical spectrum, but propagates inside the ... (read more)

17A3 Damiano Anselmi
On the quantum field theory of the gravitational interactionsWe study the main options for a unitary and renormalizable, local quantum field theory of the gravitational interactions. The first model is a LeeWick superrenormalizable ... (read more)

17A2 Damiano Anselmi and Marco Piva
Perturbative unitarity of LeeWick quantum field theoryWe study the perturbative unitarity of the LeeWick models, formulated as nonanalytically Wick rotated Euclidean theories. The complex energy plane is divided into disconnected regions ... (read more)

17A1 Damiano Anselmi and Marco Piva
A new formulation of LeeWick quantum field theoryThe LeeWick models are higherderivative theories that are claimed to be unitary thanks to a peculiar cancelation mechanism. In this paper, we provide a new ... (read more)

16A3 Damiano Anselmi
Algebraic cutting equationsThe cutting equations are diagrammatic identities that are used to prove perturbative unitarity in quantum field theory. In this paper, we derive algebraic, upgraded versions ... (read more)

16A2 Ugo G. Aglietti and Damiano Anselmi
Inconsistency of Minkowski higherderivative theoriesWe show that Minkowski higherderivative quantum field theories are generically inconsistent, because they generate nonlocal, nonHermitian ultraviolet divergences, which cannot be removed by means of ... (read more)

16A1 Damiano Anselmi
Aspects of perturbative unitarityWe reconsider perturbative unitarity in quantum field theory and upgrade several arguments and results. The minimum assumptions that lead to the largest time equation, the ... (read more)

15A4 Damiano Anselmi
Background field method and the cohomology of renormalizationUsing the background field method and the BatalinVilkovisky formalism, we prove a key theorem on the cohomology of perturbatively local functionals of arbitrary ghost numbers, ... (read more)

15A3 Damiano Anselmi
Some reference formulas for the generating functions of canonical transformationsWe study some properties of the canonical transformations in classical mechanics and quantum field theory and give a number of practical formulas concerning their generating ... (read more)

15A2 Damiano Anselmi
AdlerBardeen theorem and cancellation of gauge anomalies to all orders in nonrenormalizable theoriesWe prove the AdlerBardeen theorem in a large class of general gauge theories, including nonrenormalizable ones. We assume that the gauge symmetries are general covariance, ... (read more)

15A1 Damiano Anselmi
Ward identities and gauge independence in general chiral gauge theoriesUsing the BatalinVilkovisky formalism, we study the Ward identities and the equations of gauge dependence in potentially anomalous general gauge theories, renormalizable or not. A ... (read more)
In all nontrivial cases renormalization, as it is usually formulated, is not a change of integration variables in the functional integral, plus parameter redefinitions, but a set of replacements, of actions and/or field variables and parameters. Because of this, we cannot write simple identities relating bare and renormalized generating functionals, or generating functionals before and after nonlinear changes of field variables. In this paper we investigate this issue and work out a general fieldcovariant approach to quantum field theory, which allows us to treat all perturbative changes of field variables, including the relation between bare and renormalized fields, as true changes of variables in the functional integral, under which the functionals Z and W = ln Z behave as scalars. We investigate the relation between composite fields and changes of field variables, and show that, if J are the sources coupled to the elementary fields, all changes of field variables can be expressed as Jdependent redefinitions of the sources L coupled to the composite fields. We also work out the relation between the renormalization of variablechanges and the renormalization of composite fields. Using our transformation rules it is possible to derive the renormalization of a theory in a new variable frame from the renormalization in the old variable frame, without having to calculate it anew. We define several approaches, useful for different purposes, in particular a linear approach where all variable changes are described as linear source redefinitions. We include a number of explicit examples.
Eur. Phys. J. C 73 (2013) 2338  DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s1005201323385
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14B1 D. Anselmi
Renormalization
Last update: May 9th 2015, 230 pages
Contents: Preface  1. Functional integral  2. Renormalization  3. Renormalization group  4. Gauge symmetry  5. Canonical formalism  6. Quantum electrodynamics  7. NonAbelian gauge field theories  Notation and useful formulas  References
Course on renormalization, taught in Pisa in 2015. (More chapters will be added later.)
Sections
 Unitarity of quantum field theory (11)
 Fakeons (6)
 Renormalization of general gauge theories (14)
 Fieldcovariant quantum field theory (4)
 AdlerBardeen theorem (5)
 Quantum gravity (20)
 Lorentz violating quantum field theory (8)
 Background field method (3)
 Infinite reduction of couplings (4)
 Renormalization group (14)
 Regularization (5)
 Conformal field theory (20)
 Topological field theory (5)
 Instantons (4)
 Field redefinitions (4)
 Dimensional regularization (5)
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