Abstract:
The conformal mapping of the Borel plane can be utilized for the analytic continuation of the Borel transform to the entire positive real semi-axis and is thus helpful in the resummation of divergent perturbation series in quantum field theory. We observe that the rate of convergence can be improved by the application of Pad\'{e} approximants to the Borel transform expressed as a function of the conformal variable, i.e. by a combination of the analytic continuation via conformal mapping and a subsequent numerical approximation by rational approximants. The method is primarily useful in those cases where the leading (but not sub-leading) large-order asymptotics of the perturbative coefficients are known.

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The Frobenius method can be used to represent solutions of ordinary differential equations by (generalized) power series. It is useful to have prior knowledge of the coefficients of this series. In this contribution we demonstrate that the magnitude of the coefficients can be predicted to surprisingly high accuracy by a Legendre transformation of WKB approximated solutions to the differential equations.

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We prove existence of the local Borel transform for the perturbative series of massive $\vp_4^4$-theory. As compared to previous proofs in the literature, the present bounds are much sharper as regards the dependence on external momenta, they are explicit in the number of external legs, and they are obtained quite simply through a judiciously chosen induction hypothesis applied to the Wegner-Wilson-Polchinski flow equations. We pay attention not to generate an astronomically large numerical constant for the inverse radius of convergence of the Borel transform.

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The singular part of Borel transform of a QCD amplitude near the infrared renormalon can be expanded in terms of higher order Wilson coefficients of the operators associated with the renormalon. In this paper we observe that this expansion gives nontrivial constraints on the Borel amplitude that can be used to improve the accuracy of the ordinary perturbative expansion of the Borel amplitude. In particular, we consider the Borel transform of the Adler function and its expansion around the first infrared renormalon due to the gluon condensate. Using the next-to-leading order Wilson coefficient of the gluon condensate operator, we obtain an exact constraint on the Borel amplitude at the first IR renormalon. We then extrapolate, using judiciously chosen conformal transformations and Pade approximants, the ordinary perturbative expansion of the Borel amplitude in such a way that this constraint is satisfied. This procedure allows us to predict the $O(\alpha_s^4)$ coefficient of the Adler function, which gives a result consistent with the estimate by Kataev and Starshenko using a completely different method. We then apply this improved Borel amplitude to the tau decay width, and obtain the strong coupling constant $\alpha_s(M_Z) =0.1193 \pm 0.0007_{exp.} \pm 0.0010_{EW+CKM} \pm 0.0009_{meth.} \pm 0.0003_{evol.}$. We then compare this result with those of other resummation methods.

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We present the Generalized Borel Transform (GBT). This new approach allows one to obtain approximate solutions of Laplace/Mellin transform valid in both, perturbative and non perturbative regimes. We compare the results provided by the GBT for a solvable model of quantum mechanics with those provided by standard techniques, as the conventional Borel sum, or its modified versions. We found that our approach is very efficient for obtaining both the low and the high energy behavior of the model.

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We derive a compact expression for the Borel sum of a QCD amplitude in terms of the inverse Mellin transform of the corresponding Borel function. The result allows us to investigate the momentum-plane analyticity properties of the Borel-summed Green functions in perturbative QCD. An interesting connection between the asymptotic behaviour of the Borel transform and the Landau singularities in the momentum plane is established. We consider for illustration the polarization function of massless quarks and the resummation of one-loop renormalon chains in the large-$\beta_0$ limit, but our conclusions have a more general validity.

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The technique of conformal mappings is applied to enlarge the convergence of the Borel series and to accelerate the convergence of Borel-summed Green functions in perturbative QCD. We use the optimal mapping, which takes into account the location of all the singularities of the Borel transform as well as the present knowledge about its behaviour near the first branch points. The determination of \alpha_{s}(m_{\tau}) from the hadronic decay rate of the \tau-lepton is discussed as an illustration of the method.

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Given a Taylor series with a finite radius of convergence, its Borel transform defines an entire function. A theorem of P\'olya relates the large d istance behavior of the Borel transform in different directions to singularities of the original function. With the help of the new asymptotic interpolation method of van der Hoeven, we show that from the knowledge of a large number of Taylor coefficients we can identify precisely the location of such singularities, as well as their type when they are isolated. There is no risk of getting artefacts with this method, which also gives us access to some of the singularities beyond the convergence disk. The method can also be applied to Fourier series of analytic periodic functions and is here tested on various instances constructed from solutions to the Burgers equation. Large precision on scaling exponents (up to twenty accurate digits) can be achieved.

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An estimation method is proposed for a wide variety of discrete time stochastic processes that have an intractable likelihood function but are otherwise conveniently specified by an integral transform such as the characteristic function, the Laplace transform or the probability generating function. This method involves the construction of classes of transform-based martingale estimating functions that fit into the general framework of quasi-likelihood. In the parametric setting of a discrete time stochastic process, we obtain transform quasi-score functions by projecting the unavailable score function onto the special linear spaces formed by these classes. The specification of the process by any of the main integral transforms makes possible an arbitrarily close approximation of the score function in an infinite-dimensional Hilbert space by optimally combining transform martingale quasi-score functions. It also allows an extension of the domain of application of quasi-likelihood methodology to processes with infinite conditional second moment.

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The divergent perturbative expansion of the free-energy density of thermal SU(3) gauge theory is resummed into a rapidly convergent series using a novel, variational, implementation of the method of conformal mapping of the corresponding Borel series. The resummed result differs significantly from non-perturbative lattice simulations and the discrepancy is attributed to the presence of a pole on the positive axis of the Borel plane. The position of that pole is determined numerically and the difference between the lattice data and the resummed series is related to a phenomenological bag `constant'.