Broken conformal invariance and spectrum of anomalous dimensions in QCD

A. V. Belitsky, D. Müller

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Employing the operator algebra of the conformai group and the conformai Ward identities, we derive the constraints for the anomalies of dilatation and special conformai transformations of the local twist-2 operators in Quantum Chromodynamics. We calculate these anomalies in the leading order of perturbation theory in the minimal subtraction scheme. From the conformai consistency relation we derive then the off-diagonal part of the anomalous dimension matrix of the conformally covariant operators in the two-loop approximation of the coupling constant in terms of these quantities. We deduce corresponding off-diagonal parts of the Efremov-Radyushkin-Brodsky-Lepage kernels responsible for the evolution of the exclusive distribution amplitudes and non-forward parton distributions in the next-to-leading order in the flavour singlet channel for the chiral-even parity-odd and -even sectors as well as for the chiral-odd one. We also give the analytical solution of the corresponding evolution equations exploiting the conformai partial wave expansion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-442
Number of pages46
JournalNuclear Physics B
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Jan 4 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Anomalous dimensions
  • Conformal Ward identities
  • Conformal anomalies
  • Evolution equations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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