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The Renormalization Group and the Effective Potential in the Wess-Zumino model

Abstract

We consider the effective potential V in the massless Wess-Zumino model. By using the renormalization group equation, we show that the explicit dependence of V on the renormalization mass scale mu cancels. If V has an extremum at some non-vanishing value of the background field, then it follows that V is "flat", independent of the background field. This is consistent with the general requirement that V be complex. The consequences for supersymmetric gauge theories are briefly considered

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