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Ab-initio Determination of Light Hadron Masses


More than 99% of the mass of the visible universe is made up of protons and neutrons. Both particles are much heavier than their quark and gluon constituents, and the Standard Model of particle physics should explain this difference. We present a full ab-initio calculation of the masses of protons, neutrons and other light hadrons, using lattice quantum chromodynamics. Pion masses down to 190 mega electronvolts are used to extrapolate to the physical point with lattice sizes of approximately four times the inverse pion mass. Three lattice spacings are used for a continuum extrapolation. Our results completely agree with experimental observations and represent a quantitative confirmation of this aspect of the Standard Model with fully controlled uncertainties.

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hal-00367479 , version 1 (11-03-2009)



Stephan Dürr, Zoltan Fodor, Julien Frison, Christian Hoelbling, Roland Hoffmann, et al.. Ab-initio Determination of Light Hadron Masses. Science, 2008, 322 (5905), pp.1224. ⟨10.1126/science.1163233⟩. ⟨hal-00367479⟩
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