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Volume 334 - The 36th Annual International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory (LATTICE2018) - Nonzero Temperature and Density
Large $N_c$ Thermodynamics with Dynamical Fermions
D. Hackett,* E. Neil, T. Degrand
*corresponding author
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Published on: 2019 May 29
We present a progress report on our investigation of the thermodynamics of QCD with $N_f=2$ flavors of dynamical Wilson fermions in the limit of a large number of colors $N_c$. To date, studies of the thermodynamics of QCD at large $N_c$ have been limited to the quenched approximation, i.e., to the behavior of pure $\mathrm{SU}(N_c)$ gauge theory at large $N_c$. This is the first study of thermodynamics at large $N_c$ using dynamical fermions, and thus the first study able to test whether the quenched approximation is a valid way to investigate large $N_c$ thermodynamics. After reviewing 't Hooft's large $N_c$ limit, we discuss the automation we use to make this study feasible, and finally compare our preliminary physics results for $\mathrm{SU}(3-5)$ with large $N_c$ expectations.
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