Localization and topology in high temperature QCD

Tamas G. Kovacs, Reka A. Vig

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At high temperature part of the spectrum of the quark Dirac operator is known to consist of localized states. This comes about because around the crossover temperature to the quark-gluon plasma localized states start to appear at the low end of the spectrum and as the system is further heated, states higher up in the spectrum also get localized. Since localization and the crossover to the chirally restored phase happen around the same temperature, the question of how the two phenomena are connected naturally arises. Here we speculate on the nature of possible gauge configurations that could support localized quark eigenmodes. In particular, by analyzing eigenmodes of the staggerd and overlap Dirac operator we show that the dilute gas of calorons in the high temperature phase is very unlikely to play a major role in localization.

Original languageEnglish
Article number258
JournalProceedings of Science
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018
Event36th Annual International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory, LATTICE 2018 - East Lansing, United States
Duration: Jul 22 2018Jul 28 2018


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