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A series of four lectures exploring the Exact Renormalization Group. This non-credit mini course will be offered at Perimeter Institute between April 16 and May 7 2008.

Organizer(s): Oliver Rosten  

Collection URL: http://pirsa.org/C08006

The Exact Renormalization Group - Lecture 1: Wilsonian Renormalization
Speaker(s): Oliver Rosten
Abstract: In this lecture, I will discuss Wilson's picture of renormalization and its relation to the Exact Renormalization Group (ERG). In particular, I will focus on how one can understand, in a physically intuitive way, what it is for a quantum field theory to be nonperturbatively renormalizable.
Date: 16/04/2008 - 10:30 am

The Exact Renormalization Group - Lecture 2: Exact Renormalization Group Equations
Speaker(s): Oliver Rosten
Abstract: I will show how to construct very general ERG equations, and will use this as the starting point for a discussion of Polchinski's equation and its cousins. I will introduce diagrammatics and an associated universal calculus, which will be illustrated with a simple calculation.
Date: 23/04/2008 - 10:30 am

The Exact Renormalization Group - Lecture 3: The derivative Expansion
Speaker(s): Oliver Rosten
Abstract: One of the main strengths of the ERG is that it admits nonperturbative approximation schemes which preserve renormalizability. I will introduce a particularly powerful scheme, the derivative expansion.
Date: 30/04/2008 - 10:30 am

The Exact Renormalization Group - Lecture 4: Gauge Theories
Speaker(s): Oliver Rosten
Abstract: At first sight, the ERG does not sit well with gauge theories: a naive implementation of the momentum cutoff central to the ERG breaks gauge invariance. However, things are not as they seem. Not only is it possible to construct a gauge invariant cutoff, but it is possible to construct manifestly gau... read more
Date: 07/05/2008 - 10:30 am
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