Quark-hadron phase structure of QCD matter from SU(4) Polyakov linear sigma model

Quark-hadron phase structure of QCD matter from SU() Polyakov linear sigma model

Abdel Magied Abdel Aal DIAB e-mail: a.diab@eng.mti.edu.eg    Abdel Nasser TAWFIK e-mail: a.tawfik@eng.mti.edu.eg
Abstract

The SU() Polyakov linear sigma model (PLSM) is extended towards characterizing the chiral condensates, , and of light, strange and charm quarks, respectively and the deconfinement order-parameters and at finite temperatures and densities (chemical potentials). The PLSM is considered to study the QCD equation of state in the presence of the chiral condensate of charm for different finite chemical potentials. The PLSM results are in a good agreement with the recent lattice QCD simulations. We conclude that, the charm condensate is likely not affected by the QCD phase-transition, where the corresponding critical temperature is greater than that of the light and strange quark condensates.

Quark-hadron phase structure of QCD matter from SU() Polyakov linear sigma model

Abdel Magied Abdel Aal DIABe-mail: a.diab@eng.mti.edu.eg and Abdel Nasser TAWFIKe-mail: a.tawfik@eng.mti.edu.eg

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1Egyptian Center for Theoretical Physics (ECTP), MTI University, 11571 Cairo, Egypt.
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2World Laboratory for Cosmology And Particle Physics (WLCAPP), Cairo, Egypt

  • Abstract.

1 Introduction

Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) is a fundamental theory of the strong interaction acting upon quarks and gluons. Nowadays, the experimental and theoretical studies of charm physics turns to be a very active field in hadronic physics [1]. It was shown that the PLSM model, which is a QCD-like model, describes very successfully the phenomenology of the SU() quark-hadron structure in thermal and dense medium and also at finite magnetic field [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10]. At low densities or as the temperature decreases, the quark gluon plasma (QGP), where the degrees of freedom of quark flavors, , are dominated, is conjectured to confine forming hadrons.

In the present work, the PLSM Lagrangian for quark flavours is combined with the Polyakov loops in order to link the chiral symmetry restoration with aspects of the confinement-deconfinement phase transitions. The PLSM Lagrangian is invariant under chiral symmetry ( in Ref. [11], in Refs. [2, 3] and in Ref. [12]). We utilize mean field approximation to the PLSM in order to estimate the pure mesonic potential with quark flavours and to describe the dependence of the light, strange and charm quark chiral condensates , and respectively and the Polyakov loop order-parameters and in thermal and dense QCD medium. Furthermore, we utilize the PLSM to estimate the well-studied QCD equation-of-state (EoS) and some of other thermodynamic observables. The PLSM calculations are then confirmed to recent lattice QCD simulations. The paper is organized as follows. In section (2), we briefly describe the PLSM. The results are given in section (3), while section (4) is devoted to the final conclusions.

2 Su() Polyakov linear sigma model

The PLSM addresses the linkage between the confinement- and deconfinement-phase, where its Lagrangian is composed as , and the chiral Lagrangian is constructed for quark flavours. The Fermionic Lagrangian reads,

(1)

and the mesonic Lagrangian, , is given as,

(2)

The Polyakov-loop potential, , introduces color degrees-of-freedom and gluon dynamics with the expectation values of the Polyakov-loop variables and . There are various functional forms of the Polyakov-loop potential. In the present work, we use the logarithmic form,

(3)

where the thermal dependent coefficients, and , the constants and are fitted to the pure gauge lattice QCD data in [13].

With basis of light, strange and charm quarks, the purely mesonic potential can be driven from the mesonic Lagrangian, . The orthogonal basis transformation from the original ones ( and ) to the light, the strange and the charm quark flavor basis; i.e. and , respectively, can be expressed as

(4)

Furthermore, the purely mesonic potential can be obtained as,

(5)

In mean-field approximation [14], all fields are treated as averages in space () and imaginary time (). The exchanges between particles and antiparticles shall be expressed by the grand-canonical partition function () which can be constructed from the thermodynamic potential density as

(6)

The potential of the antiquark-quark contribution reads [15],

(7)

The subscripts , , and refer to light, strange and charm quarks, respectively. The energy-momentum dispersion relation is given as , with being the flavor mass of light, strange, and charm quark coupled to [16]; , [17], and . In the present work, the Yukawa coupling is fixed at .

In order to evaluate the dependence of the PLSM chiral condensates , , and and the deconfinement order-parameters and as a function temperature () and baryon chemical potential , the real part of thermodynamic potential, Re() of Eq. (6), should be minimized at the saddle point

(8)

3 Results

In the following we present the order parameters of the chiral symmetry restoration and the deconfinement phase transitions at finite temperatures and finite baryon chemical potentials. Furthermore, we explore the thermal dependence of some thermodynamic quantities. These results are compared with recent lattice QCD simulations. Fig. 1 introduces the thermal dependence of the chiral condensates for light, strange and charm quark flavors, , and , respectively [left panel (a)], while the order parameters of the deconfinement phase transitions and are shown in right panel (b). The PLSM order parameters are given at different values of the baryon chemical potentials (solid curves) (dashed curves) and MeV (dotted curves), respectively. The quark chiral-condensates are normalized with respect to their vacuum values, MeV, MeV and MeV.

Left panel of Fig. 1 illustrates the effect of the baryon chemical potential on the chiral condensates. Whereas the baryon chemical potential increases, the strange and the light condensates move backwards, i.e. the chiral critical temperatures decrease. For the charm condensate, the effect of the baryon chemical potential is absent (not appearing in the temperature range depicted here). Furthermore, the chiral critical temperatures can be obtained from the chiral susceptibility. We find that the charm condensate remains almost temperature independent until the temperature approaches GeV. It seems that the corresponding critical temperature is much greater than that of the strange and light ones.

Right panel of Fig. 1 shows the order-parameters of the Polyakov-loops and as functions of temperatures. At MeV, we find that , while the Polyakov loop variables are different at finite baryon chemical potentials. We find that with increasing the baryon chemical potentials, the order-parameters of Polyakov-loops moves backwards but moves towards, i.e. the deconfinement critical temperatures of decrease but that of increase with the increase in baryon chemical potentials.

Figure 1: In dependence on temperatures, the normalized chiral condensates , and normalized with respect to their vacuum values, MeV, MeV and MeV, respectively [left panel (a)] and the order-parameters of Polyakov-loops and [right panel (b)] are given at different values of the baryon chemical potentials and MeV (solid, dashed and dotted curves, respectively).

It is believed that the thermodynamic quantities are sensitive to the change accompanying the confinement-deconfinement phase transitions. Some of the thermodynamic quantities such as pressure, entropy density, energy and interaction measure, are given as and , respectively. In the present work, we focus on comparing our PLSM results on the thermal dependence of normalized pressure and of interaction measure with recent lattice QCD simulation [18].

Fig. 2 shows the thermal dependence of the normalized pressure [left panel (a)] and the interaction measure [right panel (b)] at vanishing baryon chemical potential. The PLSM calculations are confronted to recent lattice QCD simulations [18]. It is obvious that the normalized pressure increases with increasing temperatures and saturates at high temperatures. We observe that the pressure doesn’t exceed the Stefan-Boltzmann (SB) limit at , i.e. massless quarks and gluons,

(9)

where are the color dof, the first term refers to the contributions of gluons and the second one to the quarks. The value of thermodynamic pressure is low in confined phase and begins to rise in the deconfined phase, when temperature increases. In all calculations such as the lattice QCD simulations [18] and even other non-perturbative approaches such as [19], the normalized pressure stays below the SB limit. In out calculations as well. At vanishing chemical potential, the pressure in dependence on temperature behaves smoothly through the smooth crossover. At temperatures as much as two times the critical value, the pressure reaches approximately of the SB limit. In both hadronic (low temperatures) and tQGP (high temperatures) regions, a good agreement with recent lattice QCD calculations [18] is obtained.

Figure 2: The normalized pressure [left panel (a)] and the the interaction measure [right panel (b)] are depicted in dependence on temperature. The PLSM calculations (solid curves) are compared with recent lattice QCD simulations (symbols) [18].

The interaction measure or the trace anomaly of the energy-momentum tensor ,

(10)

is a dimensionless thermodynamic quantity depicted in right panel of Fig. 2 at vanishing baryon chemical potential and compared with recent lattice QCD calculations. We observe that the interaction measure changes smoothly around , where the interacting system is conjectured to experience crossover. The thermal dependence of the interaction measure appears to agree well with the recent lattice QCD calculations [18], in both hadronic (low temperatures) and QGP (high temperatures) phases. In the broken phase, it shows a peak around , but a rapid decrease is seen in the restored phase.

4 Conclusion

A systematic study for the chiral phase-structure of heavy mesons and their decay widths in thermal and dense medium is very closely connected with recent theoretical, computational and experimental results. Thus, we present an extension to the PLSM to quarks flavors. Accordingly, the extra degrees-of-freedom modifies the PLSM thermodynamic potential . We present the thermal dependence of the light, strange and charm quark chiral condensates, , and , respectively and the deconfinement order-parameters ( and ) at different baryon chemical potentials. For the charm condensate, we notice that its sensitivity to the baryon chemical potentials and temperatures is very weak until GeV. We also observe a fair agreement with the recent lattice QCD calculations for the thermodynamic pressure and the interaction measure.

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