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Type: Journal article
Title: Chiral extrapolation of lattice data for the hyperfine splittings of heavy mesons
Author: Guo, X.
Thomas, A.
Citation: Physical Review D: Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, 2002; 65(7):1-11
Publisher: American Physical Soc
Issue Date: 2002
ISSN: 1550-7998
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X.-H. Guo and A. W. Thomas
Abstract: Hyperfine splittings between the heavy vector (D*,B*) and pseudoscalar (D,B) mesons have been calculated numerically in lattice QCD, where the pion mass (which is related to the light quark mass) is much larger than its physical value. Naive linear chiral extrapolations of the lattice data to the physical mass of the pion lead to hyperfine splittings which are smaller than experimental data. In order to extrapolate these lattice data to the physical mass of the pion more reasonably, we apply the effective chiral perturbation theory for heavy mesons, which is invariant under chiral symmetry when the light quark masses go to zero and heavy quark symmetry when the heavy quark masses go to infinity. This leads to a phenomenological functional form with three parameters to extrapolate the lattice data. It is found that the extrapolated hyperfine splittings are even smaller than those obtained using linear extrapolation. We conclude that the source of the discrepancy between lattice data for hyperfine splittings and experiment must lie in non-chiral physics.
Rights: ©2002 American Physical Society
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.65.074019
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