Lattice Calculations in Gauge Theory

  • Claudio Rebbi
Part of the The Subnuclear Series book series (SUS, volume 21)


In 1975 Kenneth Wilson gave in Erice a series of lectures1, where he showed how the lattice regularization of quantum gauge theories could provide a clue to the understanding of strong coupling phenomena and, ultimately, of hadronic dynamics. The expectations raised by Wilson’s pioneering work1–2 have been largely fulfilled. The lattice formulation, coupled to powerful numerical techniques, has allowed the derivation of a variety of important results, mainly for the theory of strong interactions (Quantum Chromo Dynamics or QCD), which could not have been attained by more conventional methods relying on perturbative expansions. We are now at a stage where calculations of the spectrum of hadrons, entirely from first principles, are being performed. While the outcomes of different investigations sometimes reveal discrepancies, a consequence of current computational limitations, the overall trend of the results is very encouraging. It appears likely that, with computer developments lying just ahead of us and, undoubtedly, with refinements in our numerical techniques, within a few years we shall be able to calculate the properties of QCD much as it is possible to investigate atomic physics starting from the Schrödinger equation.


Gauge Theory Gauge Group Monte Carlo Lattice Spacing Chiral Symmetry 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudio Rebbi
    • 1
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentBrookhaven National Laboratory UptonUSA

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