Friday, January 4, 2013

1301.0314 (Dan Solomon)

A demonstration of the necessity of regularization in order to avoid
inconsistent results in quantum field theory

Dan Solomon
We will examine a particular mathematical derivation in a paper by P. Falkensteiner and H. Grosse (F&G) [1]. In [1] a quantity "delta(A)" is defined. This quantity is generated when the normal ordered generalized charge operator undergoes a unitary transformation. Using standard mathematical techniques F&G convert "delta(A)" from its original form to another form which is suppose to be equivalent. It will be shown here that the two forms are not equivalent and that there is a mathematical inconsistency in their derivation. We will examine the source of this inconsistency and show that it can be resolved by proper regularization of the mathematical expressions.
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