The QCD deconfinement critical point for $N_\tau=8$ with $N_f=2$ flavours of unimproved Wilson fermions
January 30, 2017
March 24, 2017
QCD at zero baryon density in the limit of infinite quark mass undergoes a first order deconfinement phase transition at a critical
temperature $T_c$ corresponding to the breaking of the global centre symmetry.
In the presence of dynamical quarks this symmetry is explicitly broken. Lowering the quark mass the first order
phase transition weakens and terminates in a second order Z(2) point. Beyond this line confined and deconfined regions are
analytically connected by a crossover transition.
As the continuum limit is approached (i.e. the lattice spacing is decreased) the region of first order transitions expands towards
lower masses. We study the deconfinement critical point with standard Wilson fermions and $N_f=2$ flavours.
To this end we simulate several kappa values on $N_\tau=8$ and various aspect ratios in order to extrapolate to the thermodynamic limit,
applying finite size scaling. We estimate if and when a continuuum extrapolation is possible.
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