PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 430 - The 39th International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory (LATTICE2022) - Theoretical Developments
The influence of gauge field smearing on discretisation effects
A. Risch*, S. Schaefer and R. Sommer
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Pre-published on: February 01, 2023
Published on: April 06, 2023
When designing lattice actions, gauge field smearing is frequently used to define the lattice Dirac operator. Since the smearing procedure removes effects of ultraviolet fluctuations, the fermions effectively see a larger lattice spacing than the gauge fields. Creutz ratios, formed from ratios of rectangular Wilson loops, based on smeared gauge fields are adequate observables to investigate the effect of smearing since they do not need renormalisation and provide a measure of the physical forces felt by the fermions. We study their behaviour at various smearing radii (fixed in lattice units) and in particular how the smearing influences the scaling towards the continuum limit. Since we employ the Wilson gradient flow as smearing, the same Creutz ratios have another, well defined continuum limit, when the flow time is fixed in physical units. That continuum limit is reached with smaller corrections at finite $a$.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.430.0384
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