Eric Swanson

University of Pittsburgh

Confinement at Finite Temperature


Schwinger-Dyson equations are used to study a variety of confining systems at zero and non-zero temperature and density. I will review recent computations that show (i) static confinement models do not reproduce thermal properties of QCD (ii) QED in three dimensions does not spontaneously break parity symmetry, however it does break chiral symmetry, which is restored at a critical number of fermion flavours (iii) QED3 at nonzero temperature contains endemic infrared divergences.


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