On the observables of renormalizable interactions

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We reconsider the renormalization of scalar mass and point out that the quantum correction to the physical observable, as opposed to the bare parameter, of a renormalizable operator, is technically insensitive to ultraviolet physics and independent of the regularization scheme. It is expressed as the difference in the same quantities at different energy scales, maintaining the same asymptotics. Thus, any sensible regularization cancels out the divergences, including the quadratic ones, and yields the same finite corrections. To this end, we first show that the vacuum polarization of quantum electrodynamics is independent of the regularization scheme and a gauge-dependent quadratic divergence is canceled in the observable. We then calculate the quantum correction to the Higgs mass squared by the top-quark loop. It is again finite and regularization-scheme independent. For large external momentum, the correction of the pole mass-squared is dominated by power running, resulting in an order of 0.1 percent correction. In particular, the effect of heavy fields on the scalar mass correction is suppressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-595
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Korean Physical Society
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 2024

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  • Hierarchy problem
  • Regularization independence
  • Renormalization
  • The Higgs mass


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