## Abstract

Solving the QCD renormalization group equation at the 2-loop and 3-loop orders we obtain explicit expressions for the coupling as a function of the scale in terms of the Lambert W function. We study the nature of the "Landau singularities" in the complex Q^{2} plane and show that perturbative freezing can lead, in certain cases, to an analyticity structure that is consistent with causality. We analyze the Analytic Perturbation Theory (APT) approach which is intended to remove the "Landau singularities", and show that at 2-loops it is uniquely defined in terms of the Lambert W function, and that, depending on the value of the first two β function coefficients β_{0} and β_{1}, it is either consistent with perturbative freezing (for β_{1} < -β_{0}^{2}) with an infrared limit of -β_{0}/β_{1} or leads to a non-perturbative infrared coupling with a limit of 1/β_{0} (for β_{1} > -β_{0}^{2}). The possibility of a causal perturbative coupling is in accordance with the idea that a purely perturbative Banks-Zaks phase with an infrared fixed-point exists in QCD if the number of flavours (N_{f}) is increased. The causality condition implies that the perturbative phase is realized for N_{f} ≥ 10.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | XVII-23 |

Journal | Journal of High Energy Physics |

Volume | 1998 |

Issue number | 7 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 1998 |

Externally published | Yes |

## Keywords

- Asymptotic freedom
- NLO Computations
- QCD
- Renormalization Regularization and Renormalons