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VOLUME 81 | ISSUE 4 | PAGE 177
Novel probe of the vacuum of the lattice gluodynamics
M. I. Polikarpov+, S. N. Syritsyn+, V. I. Zakharov*
+Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, 117259 Moscow, Russia
*Max-Planck Institut für Physik, 80805 München, Germany

PACS: 11.15.-q, 11.15.Ha, 12.38.Gc
We introduce a notion of minimal number of negative links on the lattice for a given original configuration of SU(2) fields. Negative links correspond to a large potential, not necessarily large action. The idea is that the minimal number of negative links is a gauge invariant notion. To check this hypothesis we measure correlator of two negative links, averaged over all the directions, as function of the distance between the links. The inverse correlation length coincides within the error bars with the lightest glueball mass.

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