### Renormalized spacetime is two-dimensional at the Planck scale *[Cross-Listing]*

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Quantum field theory distinguishes between the bare variables — which we introduce in the Lagrangian — and the renormalized variables which incorporate the effects of interactions. This suggests that the renormalized, physical, metric tensor of spacetime (and all the geometrical quantities derived from it) will also be different from the bare, classical, metric tensor in terms of which the bare gravitational Lagrangian is expressed. We provide a physical ansatz to relate the renormalized metric tensor to the bare metric tensor such that the spacetime acquires a zero-point-length $\ell _{0}$ of the order of the Planck length $L_{P}$. This prescription leads to several remarkable consequences. In particular, the Euclidean volume $V_D(\ell,\ell _{0})$ in a $D$-dimensional spacetime of a region of size $\ell $ scales as $V_D(\ell, \ell_{0}) \propto \ell _{0}^{D-2} \ell^2$ when $\ell \sim \ell _{0}$, while it reduces to the standard result $V_D(\ell,\ell _{0}) \propto \ell^D$ at large scales ($\ell \gg \ell _{0}$). The appropriately defined effective dimension, $D_{\rm eff} $, decreases continuously from $D_{\rm eff}=D$ (at $\ell \gg \ell _{0}$) to $D_{\rm eff}=2$ (at $\ell \sim \ell _{0}$). This suggests that the physical spacetime becomes essentially 2-dimensional near Planck scale.