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Eur. Phys. J. C 21, 531-543 (2001)
DOI: 10.1007/s100520100748

Scalar glueball-$q\bar{q}$ mixing above 1 GeV and implications for lattice QCD

F.E. Close1 and A. Kirk2

1  Department of Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford, 1 Keble Rd, Oxford, OX1 3NP, UK
2  School of Physics and Astronomy, Birmingham University, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK

(Received: 19 March 2001 / Published online: 17 August 2001 -© Springer-Verlag / Società Italiana di Fisica 2001 )

Abstract
Lattice QCD predictions have motivated several recent studies of the mixing between the predicted JPC = 0++ glueball and a $q\bar{q}$ nonet in the $1.3 \to 1.7$ GeV region. We show that results from apparently different approaches have some common features, explain why this is so and abstract general conclusions. We place particular emphasis on the flavour dependent constraints imposed by decays of the f0(1370), f0(1500) and f0(1700) to all pairs of pseudoscalar mesons. From these results we identify a systematic correlation between glueball mass, mixing, and flavour symmetry breaking and conclude that the glueball may be rather lighter than some quenched lattice QCD computations have suggested. We identify experimental tests that can determine the dynamics of a glueball in this mass region and discuss quantitatively the feasibility of decoding glueball-$q\bar{q}$ mixing.



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