QCD thermodynamics with an improved lattice action

Claude Bernard, James E. Hetrick, Thomas DeGrand, Matthew Wingate, Carleton DeTar, Steven Gottlieb, Urs M. Heller, Kari Rummukainen, Doug Toussaint, Robert L. Sugar

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We have investigated QCD with two flavors of degenerate fermions using the Symanzik-improvement program for both the gauge and fermion actions. Our study focuses on the deconfinement transition on an [Formula presented] lattice. Having located the thermal transition, we performed zero temperature simulations nearby in order to compute hadronic masses and the static quark potential. We find that this action reduces lattice artifacts present in thermodynamics with the standard Wilson (gauge and fermion) actions. However, comparisons between improved Wilson and Kogut-Susskind actions show some disagreement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5584-5595
Number of pages12
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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