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Quantum Chromodynamics with Many Flavors

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DOI: 10.1143/PTPS.131.415
arXiv ID: hep-lat/9804005
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We investigate the phase structure of lattice QCD for general number of flavors $N_F$. Based on numerical data combined with the results of the perturbation theory we propose the following picture: When $N_F \ge 17$, there is only one IR fixed point at vanishing gauge coupling, i.e., the theory in the continuum limit is trivial. On the other hand, when $16 \ge N_F \ge 7$, there is a non-trivial fixed point. Therefore, the theory is non-trivial with anomalous dimensions, however, without quark confinement. Theories which satisfy both quark confinement and spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking in the continuum limit exist only for $N_F \le 6$.

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