Cecile, DJ; Chandrasekharan, S, *Sigma-resonance and convergence of chiral perturbation theory*,
PoS LATTICE, vol. 2008
(October, 2008),
pp. 071 [0810.2423v1] .
**Abstract:**

*The dimensionless parameter $\xi' = M^2/(16 \pi^2 F^2)$, where $F$ is the
pion decay constant in the chiral limit and $M$ is the pion mass at leading
order in the quark mass, is expected to control the convergence of chiral
perturbation theory applicable to QCD. Here we demonstrate that a strongly
coupled lattice gauge theory model with the same symmetries as two-flavor QCD
but with a much lighter $\sigma$-resonance is different. Our model allows us to
study efficiently the convergence of chiral perturbation theory as a function
of $\xi'$. We first confirm that the leading low energy constants appearing in
the chiral Lagrangian are the same when calculated from the $\epsilon$-regime
and the $p$-regime. However, $\xi' \lesssim 0.002$ is necessary before 1-loop
chiral perturbation theory predicts the data within 1%. However, for $\xi' >
0.0035$ the data begin to deviate qualitatively from 1-loop chiral perturbation
theory predictions. We argue that this qualitative change is due to the
presence of a light $\sigma$-resonance in our model. Our findings may be useful
for lattice QCD studies.*