Comparison of two Minkowski-space approaches to heavy quarkonia

Sofia Leitão, Yang Li, Pieter Maris, M. T. Peña, Alfred Stadler, James P. Vary, Elmar P. Biernat

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In this work we compare mass spectra and decay constants obtained from two recent, independent, and fully relativistic approaches to the quarkonium bound-state problem: the Basis Light-Front Quantization approach, where light-front wave functions are naturally formulated; and, the Covariant Spectator Theory (CST), based on a reorganization of the Bethe–Salpeter equation. Even though conceptually different, both solutions are obtained in Minkowski space. Comparisons of decay constants for more than ten states of charmonium and bottomonium show favorable agreement between the two approaches as well as with experiment where available. We also apply the Brodsky–Huang–Lepage prescription to convert the CST amplitudes into functions of light-front variables. This provides an ideal opportunity to investigate the similarities and differences at the level of the wave functions. Several qualitative features are observed in remarkable agreement between the two approaches even for the rarely addressed excited states. Leading-twist distribution amplitudes as well as parton distribution functions of heavy quarkonia are also analyzed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number696
JournalEuropean Physical Journal C
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017

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Acknowledgements The Lisbon group thanks G. Eichmann for helpful discussions, and S.L. thanks the Nuclear Theory Group of Iowa State University, where most of this work was carried out, for its hospitality. This work was supported in part by the Portuguese Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) under Contracts SFRH/BD/92637/2013, SFRH/BPD/100578/2014, and UID/FIS/0777/2013 and in part by the Department of Energy under Grant Nos. DE-FG02-87ER40371 and DESC0008485 (SciDAC-3/NUCLEI). Computational resources were provided by the National Energy Research Supercomputer Center (NERSC), which is supported by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.

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