Lattice QCD ensembles with four flavors of highly improved staggered quarks

A. Bazavov, C. Bernard, J. Komijani, C. Detar, L. Levkova, W. Freeman, Steven Gottlieb, Ran Zhou, U. M. Heller, J. E. Hetrick, J. Laiho, J. Osborn, R. L. Sugar, D. Toussaint, R. S. Van De Water

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We present results from our simulations of quantum chromodynamics with four flavors of quarks: u, d, s, and c. These simulations are performed with a one-loop Symanzik improved gauge action and the highly improved staggered quark action. We are generating gauge configurations with four values of the lattice spacing ranging from 0.06 to 0.15 fm, and three values of the light quark mass, including the value for which the Goldstone pion mass is equal to the physical pion mass. We discuss simulation algorithms, scale setting, taste symmetry breaking, and the autocorrelations of various quantities. We also present results for the topological susceptibility that demonstrate the improvement of the highly improved staggered quark configurations relative to those generated earlier with the asqtad improved staggered action.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number054505
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 14 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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