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Problems with the quenched approximation in the chiral limit

Authors
Journal
Nuclear Physics B - Proceedings Supplements
0920-5632
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
30
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0920-5632(93)90192-9

Abstract

Abstract In the quenched approximation, loops of the light singlet meson (the ν′) give rise to a type of chiral logarithm absent in full QCD. These logarithms are singular in the chiral limit [1–3], throwing doubt upon the utility of the quenched approximation. In previous work, I summed a class of diagrams, leading to non-analytic power dependencies such as 〈 ψψ〉 ∝ m q − δ(1+δ) [3]. I suggested, however, that these peculiar results could be redefined away. Here I give an alternative derivation of the results, based on the renormalization group, and argue that they cannot be redefined away. I discuss the evidence (or lack thereof) for such effects in numerical data.

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