Renormalization-Group Flows and Fixed Points in Yukawa Theories

Preprint number: CP3-Origins-2014-8 DNRF90 and DIAS-2014-8
Authors: Esben Mølgaard (CP3-Origins & DIAS) and Robert Shrock (YITP & Stony Brook University)
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We study renormalization-group flows in Yukawa theories with massless fermions, including determination of fixed points and curves that separate regions of different flow behavior. We assess the reliability of perturbative calculations for various values of Yukawa coupling y and quartic scalar coupling λ by comparing the properties of flows obtained with the beta functions of these couplings calculated to different orders in the loop expansion. The results provide a determination of the region in y and λ where calculations up to two loops can yield reasonably reliable results.