New phases of SU(3) and SU(4) at finite temperature

  title={New phases of SU(3) and SU(4) at finite temperature},
  author={Joyce Carol Myers and Michael C. Ogilvie},
The addition of an adjoint Polyakov loop term to the action of a pure gauge theory at finite temperature leads to new phases of SU(N) gauge theories. For SU(3), a new phase is found which breaks Z(3) symmetry in a novel way; for SU(4), the new phase exhibits spontaneous symmetry breaking of Z(4) to Z(2), representing a partially-confined phase in which quarks are confined, but diquarks are not. The overall phase structure and thermodynamics is consistent with a theoretical model of the… CONTINUE READING

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