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The R-evolution of QCD matrix elements

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Perturbation series in QCD are generally asymptotic and suffer from so-called infrared renormalon ambiguities. In the context of the standard operator product expansion in MS-bar these ambiguities are compensated by matrix elements of higher dimension operators, but the procedure can be difficult to control due to large numerical cancellations. Explicit subtractions for matrix elements and coefficients, depending on a subtraction scale R, can avoid this problem. The appropriate choice for R in the Wilson coefficients can widely vary for different processes. In this talk we discuss renormalization group evolution with the scale R, and show that it sums large logarithms in the difference of processes with widely different R's. We also show that the solution of the R-evolution equations can be used to recover the all order asymptotic form of the singularities in the Borel transform of the perturbative series. For the normalization of these singularities we obtain a quickly converging sum rule that only needs the known perturbative coefficients as an input. This sum rule can be used as a novel test for renormalon ambiguities without replying on the large-beta_0 approximation.


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