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Nuclear Physics Seminars

ics Nuclear
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
3:30 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
James Osborn [Host: Hank Thacker]
Boston University
"Localization transition in QCD at nonzero temperature"
Over 20 years ago Diakanov and Petrov suggested that the chiral phase transition in QCD might be similar to a metal-insulator transition based on the instanton description of the QCD vacuum. The arguments, however, are general and can be applied to other topological objects as well. I will review the proposed connection between QCD and a disordered medium and present some recent results from lattice QCD that are consistent with a localization transition in the lowest eigenmodes of the Dirac operator.

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