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Properties of the deconfining phase transition in SU(N) gauge theories

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We extend our earlier investigation of the finite temperature deconfinement transition in SU(N) gauge theories, with the emphasis on what happens as N → ∞. We calculate the latent heat, Lh, in the continuum limit, and find the expected behaviour, Lh ∝ N2, at large N. We confirm that the phase transition, which is second order for SU(2) and weakly first order for SU(3), becomes robustly first order for N ≥ 4 and strengthens as N increases. As an aside, we explain why the SU(2) specific heat sh...

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Journal:
JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS
Volume:
2005
Issue:
2
Pages:
783-826
Publication date:
2005-02-05
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EISSN:
1029-8479
ISSN:
1029-8479
URN:
uuid:810a82ba-e6e1-46f4-82cd-15c8e8c77de2
Source identifiers:
324749
Local pid:
pubs:324749

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