I show that under certain conditions it is possible to define consistent irrelevant deformations of interacting conformal field theories. The deformations are finite or have a unique running scale ("quasi-finite"). They are made of an infinite number of lagrangian terms and a finite number of independent parameters that renormalize coherently. The coefficients of the irrelevant terms are determined imposing that the beta functions of the dimensionless combinations of couplings vanish ("quasi-finiteness equations"). The expansion in powers of the energy is meaningful for energies much smaller than an effective Planck mass. Multiple deformations can be considered also. I study the general conditions to have non-trivial solutions. As an example, I construct the Pauli deformation of the IR fixed point of massless non-abelian Yang-Mills theory with N-c colors and N(f)less than or similar to11 N-c/2 flavors and compute the couplings of the term F-3 and the four-fermion vertices. Another interesting application is the construction of finite chiral irrelevant deformations of N=2 and N=4 superconformal field theories. The results of this paper suggest that power-counting non-renormalizable theories might play a role in the description of fundamental physics.
|Titolo:||Consistent irrelevant deformations of interacting conformal field theories|
|Anno del prodotto:||2003|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1088/1126-6708/2003/10/045|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|