# Nature of the deconfining phase transition in SU(3) lattice gauge theory

## Abstract

Monte Carlo calculations on lattices with large spatial volume show that the SU(3) deconfining phase transition is more weakly first order than previously thought. We have studied the transition for N/sub T/ = 4 and 6 on lattices of spatial volume 16/sup 3/, 20/sup 3/, and 24/sup 3/. The 24/sup 3/ x 4 calculations show a sharp first-order phase transition, yielding a latent heat ..delta..scrE/T/sup 4/ of 2.54 +- 0.12. The 24/sup 3/ x 6 calculations suffer greater finite volume smearing, but suggest that ..delta..scrE/T/sup 4/ = 2.48 +- 0.24. Correlation lengths increase significantly near the transition, and the energy plus pressure of the ordered phase depends strongly on ..beta... .AE

- Authors:

- Publication Date:

- Research Org.:
- Department of Physics, Columbia University, New York, New York 10027

- OSTI Identifier:
- 6722026

- Resource Type:
- Journal Article

- Journal Name:
- Phys. Rev. Lett.; (United States)

- Additional Journal Information:
- Journal Volume: 61:18

- Country of Publication:
- United States

- Language:
- English

- Subject:
- 72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; QUANTUM CHROMODYNAMICS; BAG MODEL; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; CORRELATION FUNCTIONS; LATTICE FIELD THEORY; MONTE CARLO METHOD; PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS; QUARK MATTER; SU-3 GROUPS; SUPERCOMPUTERS; THEORETICAL DATA; WILSON LOOP; COMPOSITE MODELS; COMPUTERS; DATA; DIGITAL COMPUTERS; EXTENDED PARTICLE MODEL; FIELD THEORIES; FUNCTIONS; INFORMATION; LIE GROUPS; MATHEMATICAL MODELS; MATTER; NUMERICAL DATA; PARTICLE MODELS; QUANTUM FIELD THEORY; QUARK MODEL; SIMULATION; SU GROUPS; SYMMETRY GROUPS; 645400* - High Energy Physics- Field Theory

### Citation Formats

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Brown, F R, Christ, N H, Deng, Y, Gao, M, and Woch, T J.
```*Nature of the deconfining phase transition in SU(3) lattice gauge theory*. United States: N. p., 1988.
Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.61.2058.

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Brown, F R, Christ, N H, Deng, Y, Gao, M, & Woch, T J.
```*Nature of the deconfining phase transition in SU(3) lattice gauge theory*. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.61.2058.

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Brown, F R, Christ, N H, Deng, Y, Gao, M, and Woch, T J. Mon .
"Nature of the deconfining phase transition in SU(3) lattice gauge theory". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.61.2058.
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@article{osti_6722026,
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title = {Nature of the deconfining phase transition in SU(3) lattice gauge theory},

author = {Brown, F R and Christ, N H and Deng, Y and Gao, M and Woch, T J},

abstractNote = {Monte Carlo calculations on lattices with large spatial volume show that the SU(3) deconfining phase transition is more weakly first order than previously thought. We have studied the transition for N/sub T/ = 4 and 6 on lattices of spatial volume 16/sup 3/, 20/sup 3/, and 24/sup 3/. The 24/sup 3/ x 4 calculations show a sharp first-order phase transition, yielding a latent heat ..delta..scrE/T/sup 4/ of 2.54 +- 0.12. The 24/sup 3/ x 6 calculations suffer greater finite volume smearing, but suggest that ..delta..scrE/T/sup 4/ = 2.48 +- 0.24. Correlation lengths increase significantly near the transition, and the energy plus pressure of the ordered phase depends strongly on ..beta... .AE},

doi = {10.1103/PhysRevLett.61.2058},

journal = {Phys. Rev. Lett.; (United States)},

number = ,

volume = 61:18,

place = {United States},

year = {1988},

month = {10}

}

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