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QCD in Extreme Conditions
Motivation & Plans
With the operation of the RHIC heavy ion program, the theoretical understanding of the QCD at finite temperature and density has become increasingly important. Though QCD at finite temperature has been extensively studied using lattice Monte-Carlo simulations over the past twenty years, most physical questions relevant to RHIC (and future) heavy ion experiments remain open. Lattice QCD has proven to be successful in calculating static properties like the critical temperature, equation of state, screening length, etc., in a theory without dynamical quarks.
However, in the realistic case of full QCD (i.e. in the presence of light dynamical quarks) a reliable calculation of these quantities is still missing because of the very high computational cost of dynamical quarks simulations. In the age of dedicated Tera-Flop computers it will become possible for the first time ever to perform reliable continuum extrapolations of thermodynamic quantities.
In that sense it will be very interesting to discuss lattice and continuum
results in a broader context. Large scale lattice projects which aim to
perform the continuum calculation, in the thermodynamic limit and (almost)
realistic quark masses are ongoing. It will give large insight to compare
recent results of different groups, which have been obtained with different
improved actions and different approaches.
QCD at finite temperature with light dynamical quarks
QCD at finite density
Meson spectral functions at finite temperature
Deconfinement transition in gauge theories
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Last Modified: July 27, 2006