Electromagnetic contributions to pseudoscalar masses

S. Basak, A. Bazavov, C. Bernard, C. DeTar, E. Freeland, Walter Freeman, J. Foley, Steven Gottlieb, U. M. Heller, J. E. Hetrick, John W Laiho, L. Levkova, M. Oktay, J. Osborn, R. L. Sugar, A. Torok, A. D. Toussaint, R. S. Van De Water, R. Zhou

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We report on the calculation by the MILC Collaboration of the electromagnetic effects on kaon and pion masses. These masses are computed in QCD with dynamical (asqtad staggered) quarks plus quenched photons at three lattice spacings varying from 0.12 to 0.06 fm. The masses are fit to staggered chiral perturbation theory with NLO electromagnetic terms, as well as analytic terms at higher order. We extrapolate the results to physical light-quark masses and to the continuum limit. At the current stage of the analysis, most, but not all, of the systematic errors have been estimated. The main goal is the comparison of kaon electromagnetic splittings to those of the pion, i.e., an evaluation of the corrections to "Dashen's theorem." This in turn will allow us to significantly reduce the systematic errors in our determination of mu/md.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number25
JournalProceedings of Science
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

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