QCD and unconventional views

08/08/2008

Following my exchange with Lubos Motl (see here) I try to explain what an unconventional view is for people working in QCD. Of course, I agree with Lubos sight that it does not matter how unconventional is your view and so more attracting. What really counts is that this view agrees finally with experiments. But for QCD we have an important goal to reach, a goal that can hit all QFT and whatever else will follow: Our ability to manage a strongly coupled theory and this is a thing that nobody is able to do today in its full generality. This would be a large impact technology as it could possibly apply to any field of physics.

Currently, people tries to approach Yang-Mills theory with lattice computations that grant a non-perturbative solution to such a theory. From a strict theoretical point of view we know from QFT that a tower of non-perturbative equations exists to obtain n-point functions of the theory and these are Dyson-Schwinger equations and can always be obtained for any QFT. What you need here is a proper truncation of the tower and you are done. But this is the most serious difficulty with this approach as it is generally hard to evaluate how good is the chosen truncation and one can also incur in a dramatic error.

So, unconventional views here are those that evade both approaches given above and are able to recover lattice results. I would like to cite the work of Sorella et al. ( see their latest preprint) where they consider an extended Yang-Mills Lagrangian to recover lattice results. Other works have been put forward e.g. by Cornwall as in a pioneering paper to be found here and this produced several interesting works by Aguilar, Natale and Papavassiliou that, numerically solving Dyson-Schwinger equations, are trying to support Cornwall’s view. Finally, I have modified Bender et al. approach that did not work changing it into a gradient expansion recovering straightforwardly lattice results. I apologize for any missing contribution but anyhow I would appreciate whoever would help me to enlarge this list and I will be happy to do it.

What is the most valued of these approaches? Surely one would appreciate the most general ones, those that are not just fitted for the specific aims but that can expand to a large extent to all fields of physics and this possibility exists. So, the stake is high and lattice computations defined the aims. Next years we will see what physicists creativity deserves to us.


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