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Particles and Fields
Eur. Phys. J. C 14, 111-122
DOI 10.1007/s100520000303

Nf dependence of the quark condensate from a chiral sum rule

B. Moussallam

I.P.N., Groupe de Physique Théorique, Université Paris-Sud, 91406 Orsay Cédex, France

Received: 3 September / Published online: 6 April 2000 - © Springer-Verlag 2000

How fast does the quark condensate in QCD-like theories vary as a function of Nfis inferred from real QCD using chiral perturbation theory at order one loop. A sum rule is derived for the single relevant chiral coupling constant, L6. A model independent lower bound is obtained. The spectral function satisfies a Weinberg-type superconvergence relation. It is discussed how this, together with chiral constraints, allows a solid evaluation of L6, based on experimental $\pi\pi$-$K\bar K$ S-wave T-matrix input. The resulting value of L6 is compatible with a strong Nf dependence possibly suggestive of the proximity of a chiral phase transition.

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