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As b → ∞ such a new coupling generated by the integration over the high energy modes may approach zero or a finite value. If the limit is zero the coupling will be called irrelevant, and we were correct in neglecting it in the first place. If the limit is finite it needs to be included from the beginning and its evolution with parameter b followed. Such a coupling will be called relevant. The theory which has a finite number of such relevant couplings is called renormalizable. If the theory is nonrenormalizable the above strategy will most likely fail.
It is still sensible away from the critical point, and this is the foundation of the high-temperature expansion. Near Tc , on the other hand, there is no obvious small parameter in the problem. Four dimensions therefore separate the regimes where the critical behavior is determined exactly by the mean-field theory from where it is non-trivial. Such a special dimensionality is called the upper critical dimension, and for the Ginzburg–Landau–Wilson action in Eq. 36) it is du = 4. Note that the upper critical dimension does not depend on the number of components of the field , and thus du = 4 also for the magnetic systems in the Ising and the Heisenberg universality classes.
5. Since the finite value of 0 signals the ordered phase, it can be taken to be the order parameter for the superfluid phase transition. In general, the order parameter is defined as the average (r ) , which in the saddle-point approximation coincides with 0 . Note that only the absolute value of 0 is fixed by the condition in Eq. 38), whereas its phase is left arbitrary. For convenience, it may be chosen to be zero. 36). 4 Landau’s mean-field theory 37 disordered (normal) phase. The U (1) symmetry here is an analog of the familiar rotational symmetry that becomes spontaneously broken by the direction of the finite magnetization in the example of ferromagnetic phase transition.