The Tevatron affair and the “fat” gluon

Tevatron is again at the forefront of the blogosphere mostly due to Jester and Lubos. Top quark seems the main suspect to put an end to the domain of the Standard Model in particle physics. Indeed, years and years of confirmations cannot last forever and somewhere some odd behavior must appear. But this is again an effect at 3.4 sigma and so all could reveal to be a fluke and the Standard Model will escape again to its end. But in the comment area of the post in the Lubos’ blog there is a person that pointed out my proposal for a “fat” gluon. “Fat” here stays just for massive and now I will explain this idea and its possible problems.

The starting point is the spectrum of Yang-Mills theory that I have obtained recently (see here and here). I have shown that, at very low energies, the gluon field has a propagator proportional to


with the spectrum given by


being \sigma the string tension being about (440\ MeV)^2. If we go beyond the leading order of such a strong coupling expansion one gets that the masses run with momenta. This has been confirmed on the lattice quite recently by Orlando Oliveira and Pedro Bicudo (see here). The interesting point about such a spectrum is that is not bounded from above and, in principle, one could take n large enough to reach TeV energies. These glueballs are very fat indeed and could explain CDF’s results if these should be confirmed by them, their colleagues at D0 and LHC.

It should be emphasized that these excitations of the glue field have spin zero and so will produce t-tbar pairs in a singlet state possibly explaining the charge asymmetry through the production rate of such very massive glueballs.

A problem can be seen immediately from the form of the propagator that has each contribution in the sum exponentially smaller as n increases. Indeed, this has a physical meaning as this is also what appears in the decay constants of such highly massive gluons (see here). Decay constants are fundamental in the computation of cross sections and if they are very near zero so could be the corresponding cross sections. But Oliveira and Bicudo also showed that these terms in the propagator depend on the momenta too, evading the problem at higher energies. Besides, I am working starting from the low energy part of the theory and assuming that such a spectrum will not change too much at such high energies where asymptotic freedom sets in and gluons seem to behave like massless particles. But we know from the classical theory that a small self-interaction in the equations is enough to get masses for the field and massless gluons are due to the very high energies we are working with. For very high massive excitations this cannot possibly apply. The message I would like to convey with this analysis is that if we do not know the right low-energy behavior of QCD we could miss important physics also at high-energies. We cannot live forever assuming we can forget about the behavior of Yang-Mills theory in the infrared mostly if the mass spectrum is not bounded from above.

Finally, my humble personal conviction, also because I like the idea behind Randall-Sundrum scenario, is that KK gluons are a more acceptable explanation if these CDF’s results will prove not to be flukes. The main reason to believe this is that we would obtain for the first time in the history of mankind a proof of existence for other dimensions and it would be an epochal moment indeed. And all this just forgetting what would imply for me to be right…

Frasca, M. (2008). Infrared gluon and ghost propagators Physics Letters B, 670 (1), 73-77 DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2008.10.022

Frasca, M. (2009). Mapping a Massless Scalar Field Theory on a Yang–Mills Theory: Classical Case Modern Physics Letters A, 24 (30) DOI: 10.1142/S021773230903165X

P. Bicudo, & O. Oliveira (2010). Gluon Mass in Landau Gauge QCD arxiv arXiv: 1010.1975v1

Frasca, M. (2010). Glueball spectrum and hadronic processes in low-energy QCD Nuclear Physics B – Proceedings Supplements, 207-208, 196-199 DOI: 10.1016/j.nuclphysbps.2010.10.051


3 Responses to The Tevatron affair and the “fat” gluon

  1. Luboš Motl says:

    Hi Marco,

    I was asked about your model on TRF. Well, if the string tension is 440 MeV, would you agree that it seems pretty unlikely that it’s relevant for an explanation of patterns that begin above 400 GeV? Note the difference between MeV and GeV. 😉


    • mfrasca says:

      Hi Lubos,

      Of course you are right and this is the idea I tried to convey in the post. But my model applies in the deep infrared and these masses for Yang-Mills theory were shown to run at least like m^2=m_0^2+ap^2 at the next to leading order. This was shown on the lattice by Oliveira and Bicudo and I have obtained it through perturbation theory in my paper. You can also read the fundamental paper by Cornwall (see here) where a gluon propagator for the full range of energies in QCD is obtained and the gluon mass is running with momenta. My conclusion agrees quite well with those of Cornwall, in the proper limit, and these lines of research have been excellently pursued by Joannis Papavassiliou, Daniele Binosi and Arlene Aguilar (e.g. see here).

      So, this can also be seen as a string tension increasing both with momenta and the number of the excited state. This should recover a proper scaling for a hundred GeV particle going at higher energies.

      Although I would like this to be the right explanation. I remain convinced that people at CDF could have found a first evidence for higher dimensions. The only way to know this is to wait and see. With the LHC at work there will be left very few room for the proper answer to be found.



  2. Kea says:

    There are extra dimensions in M Theory. It is the objective, ontologically ugly stringer interpretation of them that is the problem. They really represent the dimensions of (quantum) information spaces.

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