Regular Article - Theoretical Physics
Schwinger–Dyson truncations in the all-soft limit: a case study
Institute of Physics “Gleb Wataghin”, University of Campinas-UNICAMP, 13083-859, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
2 Department of Theoretical Physics and IFIC, University of Valencia and CSIC, E-46100, Valencia, Spain
Accepted: 12 November 2022
Published online: 27 November 2022
We study a special Schwinger–Dyson equation in the context of a pure SU(3) Yang–Mills theory, formulated in the background field method. Specifically, we consider the corresponding equation for the vertex that governs the interaction of two background gluons with a ghost–antighost pair. By virtue of the background gauge invariance, this vertex satisfies a naive Slavnov–Taylor identity, which is not deformed by the ghost sector of the theory. In the all-soft limit, where all momenta vanish, the form of this vertex may be obtained exactly from the corresponding Ward identity. This special result is subsequently reproduced at the level of the Schwinger–Dyson equation, by making extensive use of Taylor’s theorem and exploiting a plethora of key relations, particular to the background field method. This information permits the determination of the error associated with two distinct truncation schemes, where the potential advantage from employing lattice data for the ghost dressing function is quantitatively assessed.
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