Chiral symmetry breaking in hot matter

  • Sandi P. Klevansky
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 516)


This series of three lectures covers (a) a basic introduction to symmetry breaking in general and chiral symmetry breaking in QCD, (b) an overview of the present status of lattice data and the knowledge that we have at finite temperature from chiral perturbation theory. (c) Results obtained from the Nambu-Jona-Lasinio model describing static mesonic properties are discussed as well as the bulk thermodynamic quantities. Divergences that are observed in the elastic quark-antiquark scattering cross-section, reminiscent of the phenomenon of critical opalescence in light scattering, is also discussed. (d) Finally, we deal with the realm of systems out of equilibrium, and examine the effects of a medium dependent condensate in a system of interacting quarks.


Green Function Critical Exponent Chiral Symmetry Chiral Symmetry Breaking Chiral Perturbation Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandi P. Klevansky
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  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikHeidelbergGermany

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