Dynamically induced scalar quark confinement: A link between chiral symmetry breaking and confinement
Abstract
Employing functional approaches the infrared behaviour of Landau gauge QCD vertex functions is investigated. Results for the ghostgluon, threegluon and quarkgluon vertex functions are presented. As can be analytically shown a linear rising potential between heavy quarks is generated by infrared singularities in the dressed quarkgluon vertex. The selfconsistent mechanism that generates these singularities implies the existence of scalar Dirac amplitudes of the full vertex and the quark propagator. These amplitudes can only be present when chiral symmetry is broken, either explicitly or dynamically. The corresponding relations thus constitute a novel mechanism that directly links chiral symmetry breaking with confinement.
Dynamically induced scalar quark confinement
\FullConferenceThe XXV International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory
July 304 August 2007
Regensburg, Germany
1 Introduction
Quark confinement and dynamical chiral symmetry breaking are the two most prominent phenomena of infrared QCD. Recent MonteCarlo lattice calculations made clear that there is, at least for quarks in the fundamental representation, a close and yet not fully understood relation between these two properties of QCD. E.g. the spectral properties of the Dirac operator reflect both, confinement and chiral symmetry breaking [1]. It is the central aim of this talk to shed light onto this issue from the point of view of QCD Green functions in the Landau gauge.
In this and related functional approaches dynamical chiral symmetry breaking finds a direct explanation [2], the main challenge for such nonperturbative methods is posed by the properties of the linearly rising static quarkantiquark potential. There have been many quite different attempts to relate the properties of this potential to properties of QCD, and thus explain quark confinement. In ref. [3] some of these pictures have been briefly reviewed. These explanations for confinement are seemingly different but there are surprising relations between them which are not yet understood. Given the current status one has to note that these theories are definitely not mutually exclusive but simply reveal only different aspects of the confinement phenomenon. And into one special facet, the above mentioned relation to broken chiral symmetry, there is novel insight from the Landau gauge Greens functions approach.
2 Infrared YangMills theory in the Landau gauge
2.1 Infrared Exponents of Gluons and Ghosts
Let us start by looking at the DysonSchwinger equation for the ghostgluon vertex function as depicted in fig. 1. In the Landau gauge the gluon propagator is transverse, and therefore one can employ the relation
(1) 
to conclude that the ghostgluon vertex stays finite when the outgoing ghost momentum vanishes, i.e. when [4]. This argument is valid to all orders in perturbation theory, a truely nonperturbative justification of the infrared finiteness of this vertex has been given in refs. [5, 6, 7].
Using this property of the ghostgluon vertex the DysonSchwinger equation for the ghost propagator, see fig. 2, can be analysed.
The only unknowns in the deep infrared are the gluon and the ghost propagators:
(2) 
In Landau gauge these (Euclidean) propagators are parametrized by two invariant functions, and , respectively. As solutions of renormalized equations, these functions depend also on the renormalization scale . Furthermore, assuming that QCD Green functions can be expanded in asymptotic series, the integral in the ghost Dyson–Schwinger equation can be split up in three pieces: an infrared integral, an ultraviolet integral, and an expression for the ghost wave function renormalization. Hereby it is the resulting equation for the latter quantity which allows one to extract definite information [8] without using any truncation or ansatz.
One obtains that the infrared behaviour of the gluon and ghost propagators is given by power laws, and that the exponents are uniquely related such that the gluon exponent is 2 times the ghost exponent [9]. As we will see later on this implies an infrared fixed point for the corresponding running coupling. The signs of the exponents are such that the gluon propagator is infrared suppressed as compared to the one for a free particle, the ghost propagator is infrared enhanced.
Given the infrared power laws, that the YangMills propagators obey, one can infer the infrared behaviour of higher point functions. To this end the point DysonSchwinger equations have been studied in a skeleton expansion, i.e. a loop expansion using dressed propagators and vertices. Furthermore, an asymptotic expansion has been applied to all primitively divergent Green functions [10]. As an example consider the DysonSchwinger equation for the 3gluon vertex which is diagrammatically represented in fig. 3. Its skeleton expansion, see fig. 4, can be constructed
via the insertions given in fig. 5.
These insertions have vanishing infrared anomalous dimensions which implies that the resulting higher order terms feature the same infrared scaling. Based on this the following general infrared behaviour for oneparticle irreducible Green functions with external ghost legs and external gluon legs can be derived[10, 11]:
(3) 
where is one yet undetermined parameter, and is the spacetime dimension. Exploiting DysonSchwinger equations and Exact Renormalization Group Equations one can show that this infrared solution is unique [12].
2.2 Infrared fixed point of the YangMills running coupling
The infrared behaviour (3) especially includes
(4) 
and therefore the running couplings related to these vertex functions possess an infrared fixed point:
(5) 
The infrared value of the coupling related to the ghostgluon vertex can be computed[5, 13]:
(6) 
This yields for and , which is the value obtained with a bare ghostgluon vertex.
2.3 Positivity violation for the gluon propagator
Positivity violation of the propagator of transverse gluons has been for a long time a conjecture which has been supported recently, see e.g. [14, 15] and references therein. The basic feature is hereby the infrared suppression of transverse gluons caused by the infrared enhancement of ghosts. As this behaviour clearly signals the confinement of tranverse gluons [16] it is certainly worth to have a closer look at the underlying analytic structure of the gluon propagator.
Note that the infrared exponent is an irrational number. Given the infrared power laws this implies already that the gluon propagator possesses a cut on the negative real axis. It is possible to fit the solution for the gluon propagator quite accurately without introducing further singularities in the complex plane [14]:
(7) 
is a normalization parameter, and is the oneloop value for the anomalous dimension of the gluon propagator. The running coupling is expressed as [17]:
(8) 
with . It is important to note that the gluon propagator (7) possesses a form such that Wick rotation is possible!
3 Dynamically induced scalar quark confinement
The above presented results provide an explanation how gluon confinement works in a covariant gauge, but due to the infrared suppression of the gluon propagator quark confinement seems even more mysterious than ever. To proceed as in the above described studies the DysonSchwinger equation for the quark propagator is analyzed with the result that the structure of the quark propagator depends crucially on the quarkgluon vertex [2, 17, 18, 19, 20]. Therefore a detailed study of this threepoint function, and especially its infrared behaviour, is mandatory. Its DysonSchwinger equation is diagrammatically depicted in fig. 6, its skeleton expansion in fig. 7.
But there is a drastic difference of the quarks as compared to YangMills fields: They possess a current mass. Even if this were not the case one expects dynamical chiral symmetry breaking and thus dynamical mass generation to occur.
To generalize the infrared analysis of the YangMills theory to full QCD [21] one concentrates first on the quark sector of quenched QCD and chooses the masses of the valence quarks to be large, i.e. . The remaining scales below are those of the external momenta of the propagators and vertex functions. Then the DysonSchwinger equations can be used to determine the selfconsistent solutions in terms of powers of the small external momentum scale . The equations which have to be considered in addition to the ones of YangMills theory are the one for the quark propagator and the quarkgluon vertex.
The full quarkgluon vertex can consist of up to twelve linearly independent Dirac tensors. Some of those would vanish if chiral symmetry would be realized in the WignerWeyl mode: These tensor structures can be nonvanishing either if chiral symmetry is explicitely broken by current masses and/or chiral symmetry is realized in the NambuGoldstone mode (i.e. spontaneously broken). From a solution of the DysonSchwinger equations we infer that these “Diracscalar” structures are, in the chiral limit, generated nonperturbatively together with the dynamical quark mass function in a selfconsistent fashion: Dynamical chiral symmetry breaking reflects itself not only in the propagator but also in the quarkgluon vertex function.
From such an infrared analysis one obtains an infrared divergent solution for the quarkgluon vertex such that Dirac vector and “scalar” components of this vertex are infrared divergent with exponent [21]. A numerical solution of a truncated set of DysonSchwinger equations confirms this infrared behavior. The driving pieces of this solution are the scalar Dirac amplitudes of the quarkgluon vertex and the scalar part of the quark propagator. Both pieces are only present when chiral symmetry is broken, either explicitely or dynamically.
For the coupling related to the quarkgluon vertex we obtain
(9) 
using that
(10) 
Note that the coupling (9) is singular in the infrared contrary to the couplings from the YangMills vertices.
In a next step the anomalous infrared exponent of the fourquark function is determined. Note that the static quark potential can be obtained from this fourquark oneparticle irreducible Greens function, which, including the canonical dimensions, behaves like for . Therefore employing the wellknown relation for a function one obtains
(11) 
for the static quarkantiquark potential . We conclude at this point that, given the infrared divergence of the quarkgluon vertex as found in the solution of the coupled system of DysonSchwinger equations, the vertex overcompensates the infared suppression of the gluon propagator, and one therefore obtains a linear rising potential. In addition, this potential is dynamically induced and has a strong scalar component.
To elucidate the here found relation between chiral symmetry breaking and quark confinement we keep chiral symmetry artificially in the WignerWeyl mode, i.e. in the chiral limit we force the quark mass term as well as the “scalar” terms in the quarkgluon vertex to be zero. We then find that the resulting running coupling from the quarkgluon vertex is no longer diverging but goes to a fixed point in the infrared similar to the couplings from the YangMills vertices. Correspondingly, one obtains a behaviour of the static quark potential. The “forced” restoration of chiral symmetry is therefore directly linked with the disappearance of quark confinement. The infared properties of the quarkgluon vertex in the “unforced” solution thus constitute a novel mechanism that directly links chiral symmetry breaking with confinement.
4 Summary
In this talk we have reported on results of functional approaches to infrared QCD in the Landau gauge. We have elucidated the mechanism for gluon confinement: Positivity of transverse gluons is violated. Furthermore, in the YangMills sector the strong running coupling is infrared finite whereas the running coupling from the quarkgluon vertex is infrared divergent. Chiral symmetry is dynamically broken, and this takes place in the quark propagator and the quarkgluon vertex. We have provided clear evidence that static quark confinement in the Landau gauge is due to the infrared divergence of the quarkgluon vertex. In the infrared this vertex has strong scalar components which induce a relation between confinement and broken chiral symmetry.
Acknowledgements
RA thanks the organisers of Lattice 2007 for all their efforts which made this extraordinary conference possible. We are grateful to A. Cucchieri, A. Maas, T. Mendez, J. Pawlowski, J. Skullerud, and L. v. Smekal for interesting discussions. This work was supported by the DFG under grant no. Al 279/52, by the HelmholtzUniversity Young Investigator Grant VHNG332, by the FWF under contract M979N16, and by MEC travel grant PR20070110, Spain.
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