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A survey of large N continuum phase transitions

Presenter: Rajamani Narayanan — Florida International University

Physics of large N QCD on a continuum torus will be the main focus of this talk. A cascade of phase transitions associated with the breaking of U(1) symmetries will be discussed. Comparision will be made with some analogous results obtained in the context of string theory and black p-branes. Properties of continuum Wilson loop as a function of its area will be discussed along with its universality properties. Phase transitions in 2D large N principal chiral models will also be presented.