Properties of local Polyakov loops are studied in finite temperature lattice QCD and SU(3) lattice gauge theory. We evaluate local Polyakov loops, identify the closest center element for each loop and investigate cluster properties of these center phases. For a suitable definition of the clusters we find that the deconfinement transition of pure SU(3) gauge theory may be characterized by percolation of the center clusters. For the case of full QCD cluster observables show a behavior which seems to be compatible with a smooth crossover type of transition.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Proceedings of Science|
|State||Published - 2010|
|Event||28th International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory, Lattice 2010 - Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy|
Duration: Jun 14 2010 → Jun 19 2010
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