ultraviolet divergence

**algebraic quantum field theory** (perturbative, on curved spacetimes, homotopical)

**quantum mechanical system**, **quantum probability**

**interacting field quantization**

In the construction of quantum field theory various naive mathematical constructions give rise to ill-defined “divergent” expressions.

Some of these occur in the limit that interaction point are taken *close* to each other. Since the short distances involved in this limit translates, under Fourier transform, to high frequencies enoded in the wave front set of the distributions; these are called *ultraviolet divergences*. The correct way to deal with them is called *renormalization*.

Other divergences occcur in the limit that the spactime support of the interaction (the support of the “adiabatic switching”) tends without bounds to all of spacetime, also called the adiabatic limit. Since this large distance involved in this limit translate, under Fourier transform to low frequencies, these are called *infrared divergences*.

See also

- Wikipedia, Ultraviolet divergence

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