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    Quark Confinement from Correlation Functions

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    We study quark confinement by computing the Polyakov loop potential in Yang--Mills theory within different non-perturbative functional continuum approaches [1]. We extend previous studies in the formalism of the functional renormalisation group and complement those with findings from Dyson--Schwinger equations and two-particle-irreducible functionals. These methods are formulated in terms of low order Green functions. This allows to identify a criterion for confinement solely in terms of the low-momentum behaviour of correlators.Comment: 8 pages, 3 figures. Talk given at "Xth Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum", Munich, Germany, Oct. 8-12, 201

    Two-colour QCD with heavy quarks at finite densities

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    We extend the density-of-states approach to gauge systems (LLR method) to QCD at finite temperature and density with heavy quarks. The approach features an exponential error suppression and yields the Polyakov loop probability distribution function over a range of more than hundred orders of magnitude. SU(2) gauge theory is considered in the confinement and the high-temperature phase, and at finite densities of heavy quarks. In the latter case, a smooth rise of the density with the chemical potential is observed, and no critical phenomenon associated with deconfinement due to finite densities is found.Comment: 4 pages, 5 figure