Hyperon-Nucleon Interaction from Lattice QCD at \bm{(m_{\pi},m_{K})\approx(146,525)} MeV

Hyperon-Nucleon Interaction from Lattice QCD at  MeV


Comprehensive study of generalized baryon-baryon () interaction including strangeness is one of the important subject of nuclear physics. In order to obtain a complete set of isospin-base baryon interactions, we perform a large scale lattice QCD calculation with almost physical quark masses corresponding to MeV and large volume (8.1 fm). A large number of Nambu-Bethe-Salpeter (NBS) correlation functions from nucleon-nucleon () to are calculated simultaneously. In this contribution, we focus on the strangeness channels of the hyperon interactions by means of HAL QCD method. Three potentials ((i) the central, (ii) the central, and (iii)  tensor potentials) are presented for four isospin components; (1) the (the isospin ) diagonal, (2) the diagonal, (3) the transition, and (4) the () diagonal. Scattering phase shifts for system are presented.

aff1,aff2] Hidekatsu Nemura


Elucidation of generalized nuclear forces including strangeness based on the fundamental perspectives (i.e, based on degrees of freedom in terms of quarks and gluons) is one of the most important tasks of the contemporary nuclear physics. For the normal nuclear interaction without strangeness the high precision experimental data are available; the interaction is described by a phenomenological approach that can reproduce the phase shifts and the deuteron properties with high accuracy. In addition, by combining a phenomenological three-nucleon force the energy levels of light nuclei can also be reproduced. On the other hand, for the hyperon-nucleon () and hyperon-hyperon () interactions, precise information such as phase shift analysis is limited because the scattering experiment of or system is difficult due to the short life-time of hyperon. Thus far based on the accumulation of accurate measurement of energy levels of various light hypernuclei [1] together with theoretical many-body studies [2, 3] in addition to the (limited) scattering observables, a study toward comprehensive understanding the strange nuclear forces has been made. However, our knowledge of and interactions is still away from the level of our knowledge of interaction. For the interaction, only a four-body -hypernucleus (He) has been observed and repulsive -nucleus interaction is inferred from the recent experimental study [4]. Such quantitative understanding is useful to study properties of high dense nuclear matters such as inside the neutron stars, where recent observations of massive neutron star heavier than might raise a puzzle of equation of state (EOS). Furthermore, keenly understanding of general nuclear forces would be important due to new observation of the binary neutron star merger.

During the last decade a new lattice QCD approach to study a hadron-hadron interaction has been proposed [5, 6] and developed to enhance the accuracy [7]. In this approach, we first measure the Nambu-Bethe-Salpeter (NBS) wave function by means of the lattice QCD approach and then the interhadron potential is obtained. The scattering observables (e.g., phase shifts) and the binding energies are calculated by utilizing the potential. Thus far many studies have been performed by HAL QCD Collaboration for the various baryonic interactions [8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19]. This approach is now called HAL QCD method.

In the recent years, the 2+1 flavor lattice QCD calculations have been extensively performed. The flavor symmetry breaking is a major concern in the study of interactions. Therefore this is an opportune time to study the potentials by using the flavor lattice QCD. It is advantageous to calculate a large number of NBS wave functions of various channels simultaneously in a single lattice QCD calculation. In these circumstances we consider the following four-point correlation functions in order to study the complete set of interactions in the isospin symmetric limit [20, 21]. (For the moment, we assume that the electromagnetic interaction is not taken into account in the present lattice calculation.)


A large scale lattice QCD calculation [22] is now in progress [23, 24, 25, 26] to study the baryon interactions from to by measuring a large number of the NBS wave functions from the flavor lattice QCD by employing the almost physical quark masses corresponding to MeV. See also Reference [19] for the study of interaction.

The purpose of this report is to present our recent results of the (both the isospin ) systems using full QCD gauge configurations. A very preliminary study had been reported at HYP2015 with small statistics of single channel data [27]. This report shows the latest results of the study, based on recent works reported at Refs. [20, 21]; the interactions in the strangeness sector (i.e, , , and (both and )) are studied at almost physical quark masses corresponding to (,)(146,525) MeV and large volume (8.1 fm) with the lattice spacing fm.

Outline of the HAL QCD method

In order to study the baryon-baryon interactions, we first define the equal time NBS wave function in particle channel with Euclidean time  [5, 6]


where () denotes the local interpolating field of baryon () with mass (), and is the total energy in the center of mass system of a baryon number , strangeness , and isospin state. For and , we employ the local interpolating field of octet baryons in terms of up (), down (), and strange () quark field operators given by




The greek letters () represent Dirac spinor and the roman letters () are the indices for the color. For simplicity, we have suppressed the explicit spinor indices in parenthesis and spatial coordinates in Equations (Outline of the HAL QCD method)-(Outline of the HAL QCD method) and the renormalization factors in Eq. (Outline of the HAL QCD method). Based on a set of the NBS wave functions, we define a non-local potential


with the reduced mass .

In lattice QCD calculations, we compute the four-point correlation function defined by [7]


where is a source operator that creates states with the total angular momentum . The normalized four-point function can be expressed as


where () is the eigen-energy (eigen-state) of the six-quark system and . Hereafter, the spin and angular momentum subscripts are suppressed for and for simplicity. At moderately large where the inelastic contribution above the pion production becomes negligible, we can construct the non-local potential through In lattice QCD calculations in a finite box, it is practical to use the velocity (derivative) expansion, In the lowest few orders we have


where , are the Pauli matrices acting on the spin space of the -th baryon, is the tensor operator, and is the angular momentum operator. The first three-terms constitute the leading order (LO) potential while the fourth term corresponds to the next-to-leading order (NLO) potential. By taking the non-relativistic approximation, , and neglecting the and the higher order terms, we obtain


Note that we have introduced a matrix form with linearly independent NBS wave functions and . For the spin singlet state, we extract the central potential as


For the spin triplet state, the wave function is decomposed into the - and -wave components as


Therefore, the Schrödinger equation with the LO potentials for the spin triplet state becomes


from which the central and tensor potentials, for , , and for , can be determined111 The potential is obtained from the NBS wave function at moderately large imaginary time; it would be  fm. In addition, no single state saturation between the ground state and the excited states with respect to the relative motion, e.g.,  fm, is required for the HAL QCD method [7]. .

Lattice setup

flavor gauge configurations are generated on lattice by employing the RG improved (Iwasaki) gauge action at with the nonperturbatively improved Wilson quark (clover) action at with and the 6-APE stout smeared links with the smearing parameter . The lattice QCD’s measurement is performed at almost the physical quark masses; preliminary studies show that  MeV. The physical volume is (8.1fm) with the lattice spacing fm. For details of the generation of the gauge configuration see Ref. [22]. Wall quark source is employed with Coulomb gauge fixing. For spacial direction the periodic boundary condition is used whereas for temporal direction the Dirichlet boundary condition (DBC) is used. The source and the DBC are separated by . Each gauge configuration is used four times by using the hypercubic SO symmetry of lattice. In order to further increase (double) the statistics forward and backward propagation in time are combined by using the charge conjugation and time reversal symmetries. A simultaneous calculation of a large number of baryon-baryon correlation functions including the channels from to is proposed and a C++ program is implemented [20]. The other program based on unified contraction algorithm (UCA) [28] is implemented after the above work and the thoroughgoing consistency check in the numerical outputs is performed between the UCA and the present algorithm [21]. In this report, 96 wall sources are used for the 414 gauge configurations at every 5 trajectories. The number of statistics has doubled from Ref. [23]. Statistical data are averaged with the bin size 46. Jackknife method is used to estimate the statistical errors.


Effective masses from single baryons’ correlation function

Figure 1: The effective mass of single baryon’s correlation functions with utilizing wall sources.

Figure 1 shows the effective masses of the single baryon’s correlation function. The plateaux start from time slices around for the baryons , and . When calculating the normalized four-point correlation function in Eq. (Outline of the HAL QCD method). the exponential functional form is replaced by the single baryon’s correlation functions, . It would be beneficial to reduce the statistical noise because of the statistical correlation between the numerator and the denominator in the normalized four-point correlation function. Therefore it is favorable that the potentials are obtained at the time slices . In this report we present preliminary results of potentials at time slices () of our on-going work.

() system


Figure 2: Three potentials of (i) central (left), (ii) central (center), and (iii) tensor (right).

Fig. 2 shows three potentials of () system; (i) the central potential in the (left), (ii) the central potential in the (center), and (iii) the tensor potential in the (right). For the state there are both short ranged repulsive core and medium-to-long-distanced attractive well in the central potential. The potential is more or less similar to the because this state belongs to flavor irreducible representation (irrep). On the other hand, in the channel the stronger repulsive core in the central potential is found. Especially the range of the repulsive core ( fm) is larger than the range of the repulsive core in the potential. This strong repulsive behavior is consistent with quark model’s prediction that is almost Pauli forbidden state in the flavor irrep. The tensor potential is not as strong as the tensor potential. The statistical fluctuation of the tensor potential becomes large at the time slices whereas that of the tensor potential at does not. These observations are consistent with the scattering phase shift calculated below.

Scattering phase shifts

Figure 3: Scattering phase shift in the state of system, obtained by solving the Schrödinger equation with parametrized functional form Eq. (Scattering phase shifts).

In order to obtain the scattering phase shift from the lattice QCD potential obtained above we first parametrize the potential with an analytic functional form. In this report, we use following functional forms for the central and tensor potentials, respectively.


Figure 3 shows the scattering phase shift in channel of system obtained through the above parametrized potentials. The present result shows that the interaction in the channel is attractive on average though the fluctuation is large especially for the time slices . Figure 4 shows the scattering phase shifts in channels. For the channels, the scattering matrix is parametrized with three real parameters bar-phase shifts and mixing angle:


The phase shift at the time slices shows the interaction is repulsive while the phase shift behaves around almost zero degree.

Figure 4: Scattering bar-phase shifts and mixing angle in the states of system, (left), (center), and (right), obtained by solving the Schrödinger equation with parametrized functional form Eq. (Scattering phase shifts).

() coupled-channel systems

Figure 5: Three potentials for (i) central (left), (ii) central (center), and (iii) tensor (right).

Fig. 5 shows three diagonal potentials; (i) the central potential in the (left), (ii) the central potential in the (center), and (iii) the tensor potential in the (right). There are repulsive cores in the short distance region and medium to long range attractive well for both central potentials. In the diagonal part, the tensor potential is relatively weak.

Figure 6: Three potentials for (i) central (left), (ii) central (center), and (iii) tensor (right).

Fig. 6 shows three potentials of the transition part; (i) the central potential in the (left), (ii) the central potential in the (center), and (iii) the tensor potential in the (right). The statistical fluctuation in the central potential is still large. The central potential is short ranged. In the off-diagonal part, the tensor potential shows a sizable strength although it is not as strong as the tensor potential.

Figure 7: Three potentials of (i) central (left), (ii) central (center), and (iii) tensor (right).

Fig. 7 shows three diagonal potentials; (i) the central potential in the (left), (ii) the central potential in the (center), and (iii) the tensor potential in the (right). Very strong repulsive core is seen in the central potential. The flavor irrep. could influence the potential; we have in the flavor SU(3) limit. The statistical fluctuations in the strongly repulsive channel seems to be large. There are short range repulsive core and medium range attractive well in the central potential.


In this report, the study of interactions with is presented that is based on almost physical point lattice QCD calculation. The phase shifts are calculated for the () interaction in both the and channels. The phase shift in the (,) channel shows that the interaction is attractive on average. The phase shift in the channel shows that the (,) interaction is repulsive. These results are qualitatively consistent with recent studies [29, 30, 31, 32]. In the isospin channels, the coupled-channel potentials are presented. The potentials in the have still large statistical fluctuations because the number of statistics in the spin-singlet is factor 3 smaller than the number of statistics in the spin-triplet. In addition, the contribution from flavor irrep. in the (, ) could break down the signal in the (, ) potential. Further analysis to finalize the calculations to obtain physical quantities are in progress and will be reported elsewhere.


We thank all collaborators in this project, above all, members of PACS Collaboration for the gauge configuration generation. The lattice QCD calculations have been performed on the K computer at RIKEN, AICS (hp120281, hp130023, hp140209, hp150223, hp150262, hp160211, hp170230), HOKUSAI FX100 computer at RIKEN, Wako ( G15023, G16030, G17002) and HA-PACS at University of Tsukuba (14a-25, 15a-33, 14a-20, 15a-30). We thank ILDG/JLDG which serves as an essential infrastructure in this study. This work is supported in part by MEXT Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (JP16K05340, JP25105505, JP18H05236), and SPIRE (Strategic Program for Innovative Research) Field 5 project and “Priority issue on Post-K computer” (Elucidation of the Fundamental Laws and Evolution of the Universe) and Joint Institute for Computational Fundamental Science (JICFuS).


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