Journal article

Spectral regularization and a QED running coupling without a Landau pole

John Mashford

NUCLEAR PHYSICS B | ELSEVIER | Published : 2021

Abstract

Divergent integrals in quantum field theory (QFT) can be given well defined existence as Lorentz covariant complex measures, which may be analyzed by means of a spectral calculus. The case of the photon self energy is considered and the spectral vacuum polarization function is shown to have very close agreement with the vacuum polarization function obtained using dimensional regularization / renormalization in the timelike domain. Using the spectral vacuum polarization function a potential function defined in the timelike domain is derived. The Uehling potential function, from which the Uehling contribution to the Lamb shift may be computed, is derived from an analytic continuation into the ..

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Funded by SCOAP<SUP>3</SUP>.