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Concepts of renormalization in physics

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A non technical introduction to the concept of renormalization is given, with an emphasis on the energy scale dependence in the description of a physical system. We first describe the idea of scale dependence in the study of a ferromagnetic phase transition, and then show how similar ideas appear in particle physics. This short review is written for non-particle physicists and your students aiming at studying Particle Physics.

Keywords: ferromagnetic phase transition; particle physics; renormalization

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3184/003685005783238453

Affiliations: Physics Department, King's College, London WC2R 2LS, UK

Publication date: February 15, 2005

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