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Stability and causality of non-local theories

ABSTRACT

The regularized theories are non-local at the scale of the cutoff, leading so to the usual difficulties of non-local theories. In this work the conservation laws and causality are investigated for theories with multi-cluster action. The conservation laws are found to play a less significant role than in local theories because due to the non-locality the conserved quantities are not integrals of the motion, and they can exist even without underlying symmetries. Moreover, the conservation of the energy can not prevent instability brought about by the unbounded nature of the energy from below. Thereby a sufficient condition of stability gets lost. Theories, obtained by appropriate point splitting of local interactions are shown to be causal.