Color degrees of freedom in a quark-glue plasma at finite baryon density

Hans Thomas Elze, Walter Greiner, Johann Rafelski

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Abstract

We derive the color-singlet partition function for a quark-glue plasma with finite quark (baryon number) density by a projection method. Due to colorlessness there is a gradual "freezing" (reduction) of internal degrees of freedom as compared to the Stefan-Boltzmann limit. We find here that this non-perturbative effect is reduced by a finite quark density. A relation between the requirement of colorlessness of all physical states and QCD is proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-365
Number of pages5
JournalZeitschrift für Physik C: Particles and Fields
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 1984
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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