We investigate the possible restoration of chiral and axial symmetries across the phase transition at finite temperature and chemical potential, by analyzing the behavior of several physics quantities, such as the quark condensates and the topological susceptibility, the respective derivatives with respect to the chemical potential, and the masses of meson chiral partners. We discuss whether only chiral symmetry or both chiral and axial symmetries are restored and what the role of the strange quark is. The results are compared with recent lattice results.
11.30.Rd Chiral symmetries 11.10.Wx Finite-temperature field theory 14.40.Aq π, K, and η mesons
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