Classicalization and unitarity Academic Article uri icon


  • A bstract We point out that the scenario for UV completion by “classicalization”, proposed recently is in fact Wilsonian in the classical Wilsonian sense. It corresponds to the situation when a field theory has a nontrivial UV fixed point governed by a higher dimensional operator. Provided the kinetic term is a relevant operator around this point the theory will flow in the IR to the free scalar theory. Physically,“classicalization”, if it can be realized, would correspond to a situation when the fluctuations of the field operator in the UV are smaller than in the IR. As a result there exists a clear tension between the “classicalization” scenario and constraints imposed by unitarity on a quantum field theory, making the existence of classicalizing unitary theories questionable.

publication date

  • January 1, 2012