Quark-hadron duality is a key concept in QCD, allowing for the description of physical hadronic observables in terms of quark-gluon degrees of freedom. The modern theoretical framework for its implementation is Wilson's operator product expansion (OPE), supplemented by analytic extrapolation from large Euclidean momenta, where the OPE is defined, to the Minkowski axis, where observable quantities are defined. Recently, the importance of additional terms in the expansion of QCD correlators near the Minkowski axis, responsible for quark-hadron duality violations (DVs), was emphasized. In this paper we introduce a mathematical tool that might be useful for the study of DVs in QCD. It is based on finding the minimal distance, measured in the L. norm along a contour in the complex momentum plane, between a class of admissible functions containing the physical amplitude and the asymptotic expansion predicted by the OPE. This minimal distance is given by the norm of a Hankel matrix that can be calculated exactly, using as input the experimental spectral function on a finite interval of the timelike axis. We also comment on the relation between the new functional tool and the more commonly used χ2-based analysis. The approach is illustrated on a toy model for the QCD polarization function recently proposed in the literature. © 2014 American Physical Society.
|Journal||Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Aug 2014|