From ten-flavor tests of the β-function to αs at the Z-pole

Zoltán Fodor, Kieran Holland, Julius Kuti, Chik Him Wong

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review


New tests are applied to two β-functions of the much-discussed BSM model with ten massless fermion flavors in the fundamental representation of the SU(3) color gauge group. The renormalization scheme of the two β-functions is defined on the gauge field gradient flow in respective finite or infinite physical volumes at zero lattice spacing. Recently published results in the ten-flavor theory led to indicators of an infrared fixed point (IRFP) in the finite-volume step β-function in the strong coupling regime of the theory [1]. We analyze our substantially extended set of ten-flavor lattice ensembles at strong renormalized gauge couplings and find no evidence or hint for IRFP in the finite-volume step β-function within controlled lattice reach. We also discuss new ten-flavor tests of the recently introduced lattice definition and algorithmic implementation of the β-function defined on the gradient flow of the gauge field over infinite Euclidean space-time in the continuum. Originally we introduced this new algorithm to match finite-volume step β-functions in massless near-conformal gauge theories with the infinite-volume β-function reached in the chiral limit from small fermion mass deformations of spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking. Results from the lattice analysis of the ten-flavor infinite-volume β-function are consistent with the absence of IRFP from our step β-function based analysis. We make important contact at weak coupling in infinite volume with gradient flow based three-loop perturbation theory, serving as a first pilot study toward the long-term goal of developing alternate approach to the determination of the strong coupling αs at the Z-boson pole in QCD. Without reporting here, our tests of this long-term goal continue in QCD with three massless fermion flavors and in the SU(3) Yang-Mills limit of quenched QCD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number321
JournalProceedings of Science
StatePublished - Jul 8 2022
Event38th International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory, LATTICE 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Jul 26 2021Jul 30 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General


Dive into the research topics of 'From ten-flavor tests of the β-function to αs at the Z-pole'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this