# Short Distance Analysis in Algebraic Quantum Field Theory

Detlev Buchholz
October 10, 1997
Within the framework of algebraic quantum field theory a general method is presented which allows one to compute and classify the short distance (scaling) limit of any algebra of local observables. The results can be used to determine the particle and symmetry content of a theory at very small scales and thereby give an intrinsic meaning to notions such as parton'' and confinement''. The method has been tested in models. (Invited talk given at the International Congress of Mathematical Physics, July 1997, Brisbane)