Accurate Determinations of $α_s$ from Realistic Lattice QCD

Q. Mason, H. D. Trottier, C. T. H. Davies, K. Foley, A. Gray, G. P. Lepage, M. Nobes, J. Shigemitsu

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We obtain a new value for the QCD coupling constant by combining lattice QCD simulations with experimental data for hadron masses. Our lattice analysis is the first to: 1) include vacuum polarization effects from all three light-quark flavors (using MILC configurations); 2) include third-order terms in perturbation theory; 3) systematically estimate fourth and higher-order terms; 4) use an unambiguous lattice spacing; and 5) use an $\order(a^2)$-accurate QCD action. We use 28~different (but related) short-distance quantities to obtain $\alpha_{\bar{\mathrm{MS}}}^{(5)}(M_Z) = 0.1170(12)$.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2005


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