We investigate the renormalizability of the classical φ4 theory at finite temperature. We calculate the time-dependent two-point function to two loop order and show that it can be rendered finite by the counterterms of the classical static theory. As an application the classical plasmon damping rate is found to be γ = λ2T2/1536πm. When we use the high temperature expression for m given by dimensional reduction, the rate is found to agree with the quantum mechanical result.
Physics Letters B
- Pub Date:
- February 1997
- High Energy Physics - Phenomenology;
- High Energy Physics - Theory
- 11 pages, 4 eps figures, minor typographic corrections and two references added