Ja n 20 06 Phases of QCD : lattice thermodynamics and a field theoretical model ∗

We investigate three-colour QCD thermodynamics at finite quark chemical potential. Lattice QCD results are compared with a generalized Nambu JonaLasinio model in which quarks couple simultaneously to the chiral condensate and to a background temporal gauge field representing Polyakov loop dynamics. This so-called PNJL model thus includes features of both… CONTINUE READING