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Advances in High Energy Physics
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 452978, 26 pages
Review Article

QCD Thermodynamics on the Lattice

Fakultät für Physik, Universität Bielefeld, 33615 Bielefeld, Germany

Received 11 April 2013; Accepted 3 June 2013

Academic Editor: Jan E. Alam

Copyright © 2013 Sayantan Sharma. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A remarkable progress has been made in the understanding of the hot and dense QCD matter using lattice gauge theory. The issues which are very well understood as well as those which require both conceptual and algorithmic advances are highlighted. The recent lattice results on QCD thermodynamics which are important in the context of the heavy ion experiments are reviewed. Instances of greater synergy between the lattice theory and the experiments in the recent years are discussed where lattice results could be directly used as benchmarks for experiments, and results from the experiments would be a crucial input for lattice computations.