July 31, 2018 to August 6, 2018
Maynooth University
Europe/Dublin timezone

Schwinger-Dyson Equation confronts lattice QCD

Aug 1, 2018, 2:00 PM
Hall E (Arts Bldg.)

Hall E

Arts Bldg.

Talk A: Vacuum structure and confinement Vacuum structure and confinement


Prof. Daniel Zwanziger (New York University, New York, NY 10003, USA)


We report on a study of the Schwinger-Dyson equation (SDE) in the Euclidean formulation of local quantum gauge field theory, with Coulomb gauge condition $partial_i A_i = 0$. We compare the results of that study with a numerical simulation of lattice gauge theory and find that the infrared critical exponents and related quantities agree to within 1\% to 3\%. This raises the question, Why is the agreement is so good, despite the systematic neglect of non-instantaneous terms? We discovered the happy circumstance that all the non-instantaneous terms are in fact zero. They are forbidden by the symmetry of the local action in Coulomb gauge under time-dependent gauge transformations $g(t)$. This remnant gauge symmetry is not fixed by the Coulomb gauge condition. The numerical result of the present calculation is the same as in a previous study; the novelty is that we now demonstrate that all the non-instantaneous terms in the SDE vanish. We derive some elementary properties of propagators which are a consequence of the remnant gauge symmetry. In particular the time component of the gluon propagator is found to be purely instantaneous $D_{A_0 A_0}(t, R) = \delta(t) V(R)$, where $V(R)$ is the color-Coulomb potential. There is no non-instantaneous part. Our results support the simple physical scenario in which confinement is the result of a linearly rising color-Coulomb potential, $V(R) \sim \sigma R$ at large $R$.

Primary authors

Prof. Daniel Zwanziger (New York University, New York, NY 10003, USA) Dr Patrick Cooper (Duquesne University, Pittsburgh PA 15282, USA)

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