Journal article

### Radiatively-Induced First-Order Phase Transitions: The Necessity of the Renormalization Group

Abstract:

We advocate a (Wilson) renormalization-group (RG) treatment of finite-temperature first-order phase transitions, in particular those driven by radiative corrections such as occur in the standard model, and other spontaneously-broken gauge theories. We introduce the scale-dependent coarse-grained free energy $S_\La[\phi]$ which we explicitly calculate, using the Wilson RG and a $(4-\ep)$-expansion, for a scalar toy model that shares many features of the gauged case. As argued by Langer and oth...

### Authors

Journal:
Nucl.Phys. B
Volume:
417
Issue:
3
Pages:
527-552
Publication date:
1993-08-31
DOI:
ISSN:
0550-3213
Source identifiers:
19534
Language:
English
Keywords:
Pubs id:
pubs:19534
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uuid:698e32ac-09af-4123-b5f8-9a9e2bf09c2c
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pubs:19534
Deposit date:
2013-02-20