Light hadrons with improved staggered quarks: Approaching the continuum limit

C. Aubin, C. Bernard, C. DeTar, J. Osborn, Steven Gottlieb, E. B. Gregory, D. Toussaint, U. M. Heller, J. E. Hetrick, R. Sugar

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We have extended our program of QCD simulations with an improved Kogut-Susskind quark action to a smaller lattice spacing, approximately 0.09 fm. Also, the simulations with [Formula Presented] fm have been extended to smaller quark masses. In this paper we describe the new simulations and computations of the static quark potential and light hadron spectrum. These results give information about the remaining dependences on the lattice spacing. We examine the dependence of computed quantities on the spatial size of the lattice, on the numerical precision in the computations, and on the step size used in the numerical integrations. We examine the effects of autocorrelations in “simulation time” on the potential and spectrum. We see possible effects of decays, or coupling to two-meson states in the [Formula Presented] and [Formula Presented] meson propagators. A state consistent with [Formula Presented] is seen as a “parity partner” in the Goldstone kaon propagator, and we make a preliminary mass computation for a radially excited [Formula Presented] meson.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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