Ab initio calculations of the isotopic dependence of nuclear clustering [CL]


Nuclear clustering describes the appearance of structures resembling smaller nuclei such as alpha particles (4He nuclei) within the interior of a larger nucleus. While clustering is important for several well-known examples, little is known about the general nature of clustering in nuclei. In this letter we present lattice Monte Carlo calculations based on chiral effective field theory for the ground states of helium, beryllium, carbon, and oxygen isotopes. By computing model-independent measures that probe three- and four-nucleon correlations at short distances, we determine the effective number of alpha clusters in any nucleus as well as their shape compared to alpha particles in vacuum. We also introduce a new computational approach called the pinhole algorithm, which solves a long-standing deficiency of auxiliary-field Monte Carlo simulations in computing density correlations relative to the center of mass. We use the pinhole algorithm to determine the proton and neutron density distributions and the geometry of cluster correlations in 12C, 14C, and 16C. The structural similarities among the carbon isotopes suggest that 14C and 16C have excitations analogous to the well-known Hoyle state resonance in 12C.

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S. Elhatisari, E. Epelbaum, H. Krebs, et. al.
Mon, 20 Feb 17

Comments: 5 + 9 pages (main + supplemental materials), 4 + 6 figures (main + supplemental materials)

Equation of state of the SU($3$) Yang-Mills theory: a precise determination from a moving frame [CL]


The equation of state of the SU($3$) Yang-Mills theory is determined in the deconfined phase with a precision of about 0.5%. The calculation is carried out by numerical simulations of lattice gauge theory with shifted boundary conditions in the time direction. At each given temperature, up to $230\, T_c$ with $T_c$ being the critical temperature, the entropy density is computed at several lattice spacings so to be able to extrapolate the results to the continuum limit with confidence. Taken at face value, above a few $T_c$ the results exhibit a striking linear behaviour in $\ln(T/T_c)^{-1}$ over almost 2 orders of magnitude. Within errors, data point straight to the Stefan-Boltzmann value but with a slope grossly different from the leading-order perturbative prediction. The pressure is determined by integrating the entropy in the temperature, while the energy density is extracted from $T s=(\epsilon + p )$. The continuum values of the potentials are well represented by Pad\’e interpolating formulas, which also connect them well to the Stefan-Boltzmann values in the infinite temperature limit. The pressure, the energy and the entropy densities are compared with results in the literature. The discrepancy among previous computations near $T_c$ is analyzed and resolved thanks to the high precision achieved.

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L. Giusti and M. Pepe
Tue, 6 Dec 16

Comments: 7 pages, 3 figures

The topological susceptibility in finite temperature QCD and axion cosmology [CL]


We study the topological susceptibility in 2+1 flavor QCD above the chiral crossover transition temperature using Highly Improved Staggered Quark action and several lattice spacings, corresponding to temporal extent of the lattice, $N_\tau=6,8,10$ and $12$. We observe very distinct temperature dependences of the topological susceptibility in the ranges above and below $250$ MeV. While for temperatures above $250$ MeV, the dependence is found to be consistent with dilute instanton gas approximation, at lower temperatures the fall-off of topological susceptibility is milder. We discuss the consequence of our results for cosmology wherein we estimate the bounds on the axion decay constant and the oscillation temperature if indeed the QCD axion is a possible dark matter candidate.

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P. Petreczky, H. Schadler and S. Sharma
Tue, 29 Nov 16

Comments: 19 pages and 7 figures; v2: A new figure, a few references and minor comments added; published version

Baryon number transfer could delay Quark-Hadron transition in cosmology [CEA]


In the early Universe, s.i. matter was a quark-gluon plasma. Both lattice computations and heavy ion collision experiments however tell us that, in the absence of chemical potentials, no plasma survives at $T <\sim 150\, $MeV. The cosmological QH transition, however, seems to have been a crossover; cosmological consequences envisaged when it was believed to be a phase transition no longer hold. In this paper we discuss whether even a crossover transition can leave an imprint that cosmological observations can seek or, viceversa, there are questions cosmology should still ask QCD specialists. In this context, we outline, first of all, that it is still unclear how baryons (not hadrons) could form at the cosmological transition. A critical role should be played by diquark states, whose abundance in the early plasma needs to be accurately evaluated. We estimate that, if the number of quarks belonging to a diquark state, at the eve of the cosmological transition, is $<\sim 1:10^6$, its dynamics could be modified by the process of B-transfer from plasma to hadrons. In turn, by assuming B-transfer to cause just mild perturbations and, in particular, no entropy input, we study the deviations from the tracking regime, in the frame of SCDEW models. We find that, in some cases, residual deviations could propagate down to primeval nucleosynthesis.

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S. Bonometto and R. Mainini
Wed, 19 Oct 16

Comments: 15 pages, 8 figures, submitted to Universe

A G2-QCD neutron star [HEAP]


The determination of the properties of neutron stars from the underlying theory, QCD, is still an unsolved problem. This is mainly due to the difficulty to obtain reliable results for the equation of state for cold, dense QCD. As an alternative route to obtain qualitative insights, we determine the structure of a neutron star for a modified version of QCD: By replacing the gauge group SU(3) with the exceptional Lie group G2, it is possible to perform lattice simulations at finite density, while still retaining neutrons. Here, results of these lattice simulations are used to determine the mass-radius relation of a neutron star for this theory. The results show that phase changes express themselves in this relation. Also, the radius of the most massive neutron stars is found to vary very little, which would make radius determinations much simpler if this would also be true in QCD.

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O. Hajizadeh and A. Maas
Fri, 23 Sep 16

Comments: 7 pages, 4 figures. poster presented at the “XXXIV International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory”, July 2016, Southampton, UK

Lattice QCD for Cosmology [CL]


We present a full result for the equation of state (EoS) in 2+1+1 (up/down, strange and charm quarks are present) flavour lattice QCD. We extend this analysis and give the equation of state in 2+1+1+1 flavour QCD. In order to describe the evolution of the universe from temperatures several hundreds of GeV to several tens of MeV we also include the known effects of the electroweak theory and give the effective degree of freedoms. As another application of lattice QCD we calculate the topological susceptibility (chi) up to the few GeV temperature region. These two results, EoS and chi, can be used to predict the dark matter axion’s mass in the post-inflation scenario and/or give the relationship between the axion’s mass and the universal axionic angle, which acts as a initial condition of our universe.

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S. Borsanyi, Z. Fodor, K. Kampert, et. al.
Wed, 29 Jun 16

Comments: pdflatex, 40 figures; Section on experimental setups added, small corrections

On the compatibility of thermodynamic equilibrium conditions with the non-perturbative lattice propagators [CL]


In this paper it is analyzed the compatibility of the non-perturbative equations of state of quarks and gluons arising from the lattice with some natural requirements for self gravitating objects at equilibrium: the existence of an equation of state (namely, the possibility to define the pressure as a function of the energy density), the absence of superluminal propagation and Le Chatelier’s principle. It is discussed under which conditions it is possible to extract an equation of state (in the above sense) from the non-perturbative propagators arising from the fits of the last lattice data. In particular, in the quarks case, there is a small but non vanishing range of temperatures in which it is not possible to define a single-valued functional relation between density and pressure. Interestingly enough, a small change of the parameters appearing in the fit of the lattice quark propagator (of around 10\%) can guarantee the fulfillment of all the three conditions (keeping alive, at the same time, the violation of positivity of the spectral representation which is the expected signal of confinement). As far as gluons are concerned, the analysis shows very similar results. These results can be very relevant in applications. For instance, in astrophysics, Rhoades and Ruffini were able to give an upper bound the maximal possible mass of a neutron star just using the three mentioned conditions. Thus, whether or not the non-perturbative quark and gluon propagators satisfy these conditions can have a strong impact on the estimate of the maximal mass of quark stars.

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F. Canfora, A. Giacomini, P. Pais, et. al.
Wed, 8 Jun 16

Comments: 22 pages, 16 figures