Evolution equations for the quark-meson transition

U. Ellwanger, C. Wetterich
1994 Nuclear Physics B  
Evolution equations describe the effect of consecutively integrating out all quantum fluctuations with momenta larger than some infrared cutoff scale k. We develop a formalism for the introduction of collective degrees of freedom at some intermediate scale and derive the corresponding evolution equations. This allows to account for the appearance of bound states at some characteristic length scale as, for example, the mesons in QCD. The vacuum properties, including condensates of composite
more » ... s of composite operators, can be directly infered from the effective action for k->0. We compute in a simple QCD-motivated model with four-quark interactions the chiral condensate \bar\psi\psi and the effective action for pions including f_\pi. A full treatment of QCD along these lines seems feasible but still requires substantial work. (5 figures available by ordinary mail upon request)
doi:10.1016/0550-3213(94)90568-1 fatcat:4yywwg64srbethvvpqxowzufha