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# Scaling behavior and sea quark dependence of pion spectrum with HYP-smeared staggered fermions

09/2008;

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**ABSTRACT:**We give an update on our calculation of $B_K$ using HYP-smeared valence staggered quarks. We have results for $B_K$ at tree-level on several coarse MILC lattices ($a\approx 0.12 $fm) and one of the fine lattices ($a\approx 0.09 $fm), using 10 light valence quarks ranging down to $m_s^{\rm phys}/10$. We have generalized staggered chiral perturbation theory to our mixed action setup, and outline the results. We explain our present fitting strategy, and give some preliminary results. Comment: 7 pages, 4 figures, Lattice 2008 proceeding09/2008; -
##### Article: Determination of $B_K$ using improved staggered fermions (II) SU(2) chiral perturbation theory fit

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**ABSTRACT:**We present results for $B_K$ calculated using HYP-smeared improved staggered fermions on the MILC asqtad lattices. In this report, the data is analyzed using the results of SU(2) staggered chiral perturbation theory (SChPT). We outline the derivation of the NLO SU(2) SChPT result, explain our fitting procedure, and outline how we estimate systematic errors. We also show the light sea-quark mass and lattice spacing dependence for both SU(2) and SU(3)-based analyses. Our preliminary result from the SU(2) analysis is $B_K(\text{NDR}, \mu = 2 \text{GeV}) = 0.512 \pm 0.014 \pm 0.034$ and $\hat{B}_K = B_K(\text{RGI})= 0.701 \pm 0.019 \pm 0.047$. This is somewhat more accurate than our result from the SU(3) analysis. It is consistent with results obtained using valence domain-wall fermions Comment: 7 pages, 6 figures, Lattice 2009 proceeding10/2009; - [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]

**ABSTRACT:**We calculate the masses of taste non-Goldstone pions and kaons in staggered chiral perturbation theory through next-to-leading order in the standard power counting. The results can be used to quantitatively understand taste violations in existing lattice data generated with staggered fermions and to extract the $u$, $d$, and $s$ quark masses and Gasser-Leutwyler parameters from the experimentally observed spectrum. The expressions for the non-Goldstone masses contain low-energy couplings unique to the non-Goldstone sector. With two exceptions these enter as coefficients of analytic terms; all the new couplings can be fixed by performing spectrum calculations. We report one-loop results for the quenched case and the fully dynamical and partially quenched 1+1+1 and 2+1 flavor cases in the chiral SU(3) and SU(2) theories.Physical review D: Particles and fields 12/2011; 85(9).

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