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Effective Potentials and the Vacuum Structure of Quantum Field Theories

@article{Kennaway2004EffectivePA,
  title={Effective Potentials and the Vacuum Structure of Quantum Field Theories},
  author={Kristian D. Kennaway},
  journal={arXiv: High Energy Physics - Theory},
  year={2004}
}
I review some older work on the effective potentials of quantum field theories, in particular the use of anomalous symmetries to constrain the form of the effective potential, and the background field method for evaluating it perturbatively. Similar techniques have recently been used to great success in studying the effective superpotentials of supersymmetric gauge theories, and one of my motivations is to present some of the older work on non-supersymmetric theories to a new audience. The… Expand
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