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Type: Journal article
Title: Decontracted double BRST symmetry on the lattice
Author: Von Smekal, L.
Ghiotti, M.
Williams, A.
Citation: Physical Review D: Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, 2008; 78(8):085016-1-085016-19
Publisher: American Physical Soc
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 1550-7998
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von Smekal, L.; Ghiotti, M.and Williams, A. G.
Abstract: We present the Curci-Ferrari model on the lattice. In the massless case the topological interpretation of this model with its double Becchi-Rouet-Stora-Tyutin (BRST) symmetry relates to the Neuberger 0/0 problem which we extend to include the ghost/antighost symmetric formulation of the nonlinear-covariant Curci-Ferrari gauges on the lattice. The introduction of a Curci-Ferrari mass term, however, serves to regulate the 0/0 indeterminate form of physical observables observed by Neuberger. While such a mass m decontracts the double BRST/anti-BRST algebra, which is well known to result in a loss of unitarity, observables can be meaningfully defined in the limit m→0 via l’Hospital’s rule. At finite m, the topological nature of the partition function used as the gauge-fixing device seems lost. We discuss the gauge parameter ξ and mass m dependence of the model and show how both cancel when m≡m(ξ) is appropriately adjusted with ξ.
Rights: ©2008 American Physical Society
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.78.085016
Grant ID: ARC
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