Rate of cluster decomposition via Fermat-Steiner point

Alexander Avdoshkin, Lev Astrakhantsev, Anatoly Dymarsky, Michael Smolkin

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In quantum field theory with a mass gap correlation function between two spatially separated operators decays exponentially with the distance. This fundamental result immediately implies an exponential suppression of all higher point correlation functions, but the predicted exponent is not optimal. We argue that in a general quantum field theory the optimal suppression of a three-point function is determined by total distance from the operator locations to the Fermat-Steiner point. Similarly, for the higher point functions we conjecture the optimal exponent is determined by the solution of the Euclidean Steiner tree problem. We discuss how our results constrain operator spreading in relativistic theories.

Original languageEnglish
Article number128
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019

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  • Effective Field Theories
  • Field Theories in Higher Dimensions
  • Field Theories in Lower Dimensions
  • Renormalization Regularization and Renormalons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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