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A lattice study of the Faddeev-Niemi effective action

Elsevier B.V.
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DOI: 10.1016/s0920-5632(01)01804-7
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Abstract We perform a lattice analysis of the Faddeev-Niemi effective action conjectured to describe the low energy sector of SU(2) Yang-Mills theory. We generalize the effective action such that it contains all operators built from a unit color vector field n with O(3) symmetry and maximally four derivatives. To avoid the presence of Goldstone bosons, we include explicit symmetry breaking terms parametrized by an external field h of mass—dimension two. We find a mass gap of the order of 1.5 GeV.

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