Phenomenology of the three-flavor PNJL model and thermal strange quark production
We study the temperature dependence of the adjoint Polyakov loop and its implication for the momentum spectrum of gluons in the mean-field approximation. This allows us to calculate the contribution of the thermal (transverse) gluons to the thermodynamic pressure. As an application, we evaluate the rates for the strange quark pair-production processes and as functions of temperature including thermal effects on quark deconfinement and chiral symmetry breaking. © 2009 IOP Publishing Ltd.
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