Exact ground-state properties of the SU(2) Hamiltonian lattice gauge theory

S. A. Chin, O. S. Van Roosmalen, E. A. Umland, S. E. Koonin

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The SU(2) Hamiltonian lattice gauge theory is shown explicitly to be equivalent to a nonrelativistic quantum many-body problem in S3. By exploiting this equivalence, a many-body Monte Carlo algorithm is devised to solve for its ground-state properties. To the extent that a trial wave function consisting of a product of single-plaquette functions is a good approximation to the exact ground state, the present Monte Carlo method is shown to be an efficient means of calculating the ground-state energy with high precision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3201-3212
Number of pages12
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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