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    Flavor-singlet meson decay constants from Nf=2+1+1N_f=2+1+1 twisted mass lattice QCD

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    We present an improved analysis of our lattice data for the η\eta--η\eta' system, including a correction of the relevant correlation functions for residual topological finite size effects and employing consistent chiral and continuum fits. From this analysis we update our physical results for the masses Mη=557(11)stat(03)χPTMeVM_\eta=557(11)_\mathrm{stat}(03)_{\chi\mathrm{PT}}\,\mathrm{MeV} and Mη=911(64)stat(03)χPTMeVM_{\eta'}=911(64)_\mathrm{stat}(03)_{\chi\mathrm{PT}}\,\mathrm{MeV}, as well as the mixing angle in the quark flavor basis ϕ=38.8(2.2)stat(2.4)χPT\phi=38.8(2.2)_\mathrm{stat}(2.4)_{\chi\mathrm{PT}}^\circ in excellent agreement with other results from phenomenology. Similarly, we include an analysis for the decay constant parameters, leading to fl=125(5)stat(6)χPTMeVf_l=125(5)_\mathrm{stat}(6)_{\chi\mathrm{PT}}\,\mathrm{MeV} and fs=178(4)stat(1)χPTMeVf_s=178(4)_\mathrm{stat}(1)_{\chi\mathrm{PT}}\,\mathrm{MeV}. The second error reflects the uncertainty related to the chiral extrapolation. The data used for this study has been generated on gauge ensembles provided by the European Twisted Mass Collaboration with Nf=2+1+1N_f=2+1+1 dynamical flavors of Wilson twisted mass fermions. These ensembles cover a range of pion masses from 220MeV220\,\mathrm{MeV} to 500MeV500\,\mathrm{MeV} and three values of the lattice spacing. Combining our data with a prediction from chiral perturbation theory, we give an estimate for the physical η,ηγγ\eta,\eta' \rightarrow \gamma\gamma decay widths and the singly-virtual η,ηγγ\eta,\eta'\rightarrow\gamma\gamma^* transition form factors in the limit of large momentum transfer.Comment: 22 pages, 8 figures, 12 tables; matching version accepted for publicatio

    Properties of pseudoscalar flavor singlet mesons from lattice QCD

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    The central topic of this work are masses and mixing parameters of the η-η' system, which are investigated within the framework of Wilson twisted mass lattice QCD, using gauge configurations provided by the European Twisted Mass Collaboration. We present the first calculation with Nf=2+1+1 dynamical quark flavors performed at three different values of the lattice spacing and multiple values of the light quark mass, corresponding to charged pion masses ranging from ∼ 230 MeV to ∼ 500 MeV. Moreover, we use selected ensembles which differ only by the value of the strange quark mass while all other parameters are kept fixed in order to obtain information on the strange quark mass dependence of our observables. This allows us to carry out chiral and continuum extrapolations with well-controlled systematics for the mass of the η meson. Using the standard method, the statistical error for the η' turns out significantly larger due to the large contributions of quark disconnected diagrams and autocorrelation effects. However, employing an improved analysis method based on an excited state subtraction in the connected pieces of the correlation function matrix, it becomes feasible to obtain a result for the η' mass with controlled systematics as well. The values for both masses Mη=551(8)stat(6)sys MeV and Mη' = 1006(54)stat(38)sys(+64)ex MeV turn out to be in excellent agreement with experiment. Considering matrix elements in the quark-flavor basis, one expects the mixing in the η-η' system to be described reasonably well by a single mixing angle φ and two decay constants fl, fs. The required accuracy of the matrix elements is again guaranteed by the aforementioned, improved analysis method, yielding a value of φ=46.0(0.9)stat(2.7)sys° for the mixing angle extrapolated to the physical point. In addition we obtain results for the ratios flfPS = 0.859(07)stat(64)sys and fs/fK = 1.166(11)stat(31)sys. We find that our data is indeed described well by a single mixing angle, indicating that the η' is mostly a flavor singlet state. Moreover, our results confirm that the charm quark does not contribute to any of the two states within errors. Apart from the flavor singlet sector, we also perform calculations of masses for the remaining light pseudoscalar octet mesons. Matching these masses to two-flavor Wilson chiral perturbation theory allows for a determination of the low energy constants W'6, W'8 and their linear combination c2 which controls the O(a2) mass splitting between charged and neutral pion. We study the dependence of these low energy constants on the number of dynamical quark flavors and for different choices of the lattice action

    A Mixed Action Analysis of η\eta and η\eta' Mesons

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    We study η\eta and η\eta' mesons and their mixing angle in a mixed action approach with so-called Osterwalder-Seiler valence quarks on a Wilson twisted mass sea. The gauge configurations have been generated by ETMC for Nf=2+1+1N_f=2+1+1 dynamical quark flavours and for three values of the lattice spacing. The main results are that differences in between the mixed action and the unitary approach vanish towards the continuum limit with the expected rate of O(a2)\mathcal{O}(a^2). The individual size of the lattice artifacts depends, however, strongly on the observable used to match unitary and valence actions. Moreover, we show that for the η\eta mass valence and valence plus sea quark mass dependence differ significantly. Hence, in this case a re-tuning of the simulation parameters in the valence sector only is not sufficient to compensate for mismatches in the original quark masses.Comment: 30 pages, 8 figures, version accepted for publicatio

    A new method for suppressing excited-state contaminations on the nucleon form factors

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    One of the most challenging tasks in lattice calculations of baryon form factors is the analysis and control of excited-state contaminations. Taking the isovector axial form factors of the nucleon as an example, both a dispersive representation and a calculation in chiral effective field theory show that the excited-state contributions become dominant at fixed source-sink separation when the axial current is spatially distant from the nucleon source location. We address this effect with a new method in which the axial current is localized by a Gaussian wave-packet and apply it on a CLS ensemble with Nf=2+1N_f=2+1 flavors of O(aa) improved Wilson fermions with a pion mass of mπ=200m_\pi=200\,MeV.Comment: 7 pages, 6 figures, 1 table, Proceedings for the 36th Annual International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory, 22-28 July 2018, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, US

    Testing the Witten-Veneziano Formula on the Lattice

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    In this proceeding contribution we report on a test of the famous Witten-Veneziano formula using lattice techniques. We perform dedicated quenched simulations and apply the spectral projector method to determine the topological susceptibility in pure Yang-Mills theory. In order to compute the relevant meson masses and the flavor singlet decay constant we employ lattice QCD with Nf=2+1+1N_f=2+1+1 dynamical Wilson twisted mass fermions. Taking the continuum and the SU(2)SU(2) chiral limits we find good agreement within uncertainties for both sides of the formula.Comment: 7 pages, 4 figures, presented at the 33rd International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory, 14 -18 July 2015, Kobe International Conference Center, Kobe, Japa