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Renormalons and multi-loop estimates in scalar correlators, Higgs decay and quark-mass sum rules.

Broadhurst, D. J. and Kataev, A. L. and Maxwell, C. J. (2001) 'Renormalons and multi-loop estimates in scalar correlators, Higgs decay and quark-mass sum rules.', Nuclear physics B., 592 (1-2). pp. 247-293.


The single renormalon-chain contribution to the correlator of scalar currents in QCD is calculated in the -scheme in the limit of a large number of fermions, Nf. At n-loop order we find that in the -scheme the factorial growth of the perturbative coefficients due to renormalons takes over almost immediately in the Euclidean region. The essential differences between the large-order growth of perturbative coefficients in the present scalar case, and in the previously-studied vector case are analysed. In the timelike region a stabilization of the corresponding perturbative series for the imaginary part, with n-loop behaviour Sn/[log(s/Λ2)]n−1, where Sn is essentially constant for n≤6, is observed. Only for n≥7 does one discern the factorial growth and alternations of sign. We use the new all-orders results to scrutinize the performance of multi-loop estimates, using a large-β0=(11Nc−2Nf)/12 approximation, the so-called “naive nonabelianization” procedure, and within the effective charges approach. The asymptotic behaviour of perturbative coefficients, in both large-Nf and large-Nc limits, is analysed both in the spacelike and timelike regions. A contour-improved resummation technique in the timelike region is developed. Some subtleties connected with scheme-dependence are analysed, and illustrated using results in the - and V-schemes. The all-orders series under investigation are summed up with the help of the Borel resummation method. The results obtained are relevant to the analysis of the theoretical uncertainties in the 4-loop extractions of the running and invariant s-quark masses from QCD sum rules, and in calculations of the Higgs boson decay width into a quark–antiquark pair.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Renormalons, QCD perturbative series, Resummation of the effects of analytical continuation.
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