We have extended our earlier simulations of the high-temperature behavior of lattice QCD with two light flavors of staggered quarks on a [Formula presented] lattice to a lower quark mass [Formula presented]. The transition from hadronic matter to a quark-gluon plasma is observed at [Formula presented] corresponding to a temperature of [Formula presented] MeV. We present measurements of observables which probe the nature of the quark-gluon plasma and serve to distinguish it from hadronic matter. Although the transition is quite abrupt, we have seen no indications that it is first order.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)