Drastic reduction of cutoff effects in 2-d lattice O(N) models

J. Balog, F. Niedermayer, M. Pepe, P. Weisz, U. J. Wiese

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We investigate the cutoff effects in 2-d lattice O(N) models for a variety of lattice actions, and we identify a class of very simple actions for which the lattice artifacts are extremely small. One action agrees with the standard action, except that it constrains neighboring spins to a maximal relative angle δ. We fix δ by demanding that a particular value of the step scaling function agrees with its continuum result already on a rather coarse lattice. Remarkably, the cutoff effects of the entire step scaling function are then reduced to the per mille level. This also applies to the θ-vacuum effects of the step scaling function in the 2-d O(3) model. The cutoff effects of other physical observables including the renormalized coupling g R and the mass in the isotensor channel are also reduced drastically. Another choice, the mixed action, which combines the standard quadratic with an appropriately tuned large quartic term, also has extremely small cutoff effects. The size of cutoff effects is also investigated analytically in 1-d and at N = ∞ in 2-d.

Original languageEnglish
Article number140
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2012


  • Lattice Quantum Field Theory
  • Sigma Models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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