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We test a variety of blocking and smearing algorithms for constructing glueball and string wave-functionals, and find some with much improved overlaps onto the lightest states. We use these algorithms to obtain improved results on the tensions of k-strings in SU(4), SU(6), and SU(8) gauge theories. We emphasise the major systematic errors that still need to(More)
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, L h , in the continuum limit, and find the expected behaviour, L h ∝ N 2 , at large N. We confirm that the phase transition, which is second order for SU(2) and weakly first(More)
We calculate the string tensions of k-strings in SU(N) gauge theories in both 3 and 4 dimensions. We do so for SU(4) and SU(5) in D=3+1, and for SU(4) and SU(6) in D=2+1. In D=3+1, we find that the ratio of the k = 2 string tension to the k = 1 fundamental string tension is consistent, within quite small errors, with both the M(theory)QCD-inspired(More)
We calculate the string tension, σ, and some of the lightest glueball masses, m G , in 3+1 dimensional SU(N) lattice gauge theories for 2 ≤ N ≤ 5. From the continuum extrapolation of the lattice values, we find that the mass ratios m G / √ σ appear to show a rapid approach to the large–N limit, and, indeed, can be described all the way down to SU(2) using(More)
The gauge group being centreless, G 2 gauge theory is a good laboratory for studying the role of the centre of the group for colour confinement in Yang-Mills gauge theories. In this paper, we investigate G 2 pure gauge theory at finite temperature on the lattice. By studying the finite size scaling of the plaquette, the Polyakov loop and their(More)