Pseudoscalar flavor-singlets and staggered fermions

Abstract

The Asqtad improved staggered fermion formalism has been a valuable tool in successfully calculating the non-singlet parts of the hadronic spectrum. We are engaged in a project to calculate the spectrum of the pseudoscalar singlet mesons with 2 + 1-flavor Asqtad staggered gauge configurations. Propagators of flavor-singlet states incorporate contributions from both disconnected and connected diagrams, and hence are sensitive to any differences in the actions governing the sea and valence fermions on the lattice. As such, they also present the possibility of a probe of the validity of the “fourth-root trick ” in the staggered fermion formulation. We present an update on our progress toward measuring the η ′ mass on 2 + 1-flavor Asqtad staggered gauge configurations, including a review of methods and preliminary results. We also show a strong correlation between Tr(γ5 ⊗ 1) and the topological charge in these configurations, as predicted by the index theorem. PoS(LAT2006)17

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