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Towards the Deconfinement Phase Transition in Hot Gauge Theories

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The phase structure of hot gauge theories with dynamical matter fields is reexamined in the canonical ensemble with respect to triality. We discuss properties of chromoelectric and chromomagnetic sectors of the theory and show whereas electric charges carrying a unit of Z(N) charge are screened at high temperatures via dynamical matter loops, this is not the case for the Z(N) magnetic flux. An order parameter is constructed to probe the realization of local Z(N) symmetry in the magnetic sector. We argue this order parameter may be used to detect the deconfinement phase transition which is defined in terms of the screening mechanism.Comment: poster presented at LATTICE97; 3 pages, late

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