Asymptotic States and Infrared Divergences in Gauge Theories.
The gauge theories, Gravity and QCD are shown to be infrared finite to a non-trivial order by a generalization of the coherent state approach. The asymptotic Hamiltonian operator is used, along with a mathematical theorem by Magnus, to specify a S-operator and to show cancellation of infrared divergences at the amplitude level. This procedure is exemplified in Gravity to third order and applied to QCD for leading order divergences to fifth order in the coupling constant. Dimensional regularization is used to isolate the infrared singularities in QCD. The sections on Gravity include a derivation of the infrared structure of the propagators for a massive particle and the graviton.
- Pub Date:
- June 1981
- Physics: Elementary Particles and High Energy