Quark masses in QCD: A progress report
Recent progress on QCD sum rule determinations of the light and heavy quark masses is reported. In the light quark sector a major breakthrough has been made recently in connection with the historical systematic uncertainties due to a lack of experimental information on the pseudoscalar resonance spectral functions. It is now possible to suppress this contribution to the 1% level by using suitable integration kernels in Finite Energy QCD sum rules. This allows one to determine the up-, down-, and strange-quark masses with an unprecedented precision of some 810%. Further reduction of this uncertainty will be possible with improved accuracy in the strong coupling, now the main source of error. In the heavy quark sector, the availability of experimental data in the vector channel, and the use of suitable multipurpose integration kernels allows one to increase the accuracy of the charm- and bottom-quarks masses to the 1% level. © 2011 World Scientific Publishing Company.