Vortex structure of the vacuum and confinement

T. G. Kovács, E. T. Tomboulis

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We discuss the recently published numerical computations of the vortex free energy. They dramatically demonstrate that the excitation probability for a sufficiently thick vortex approaches unity at large beta, i.e. that thick vortices `condense' in the vacuum. This is known to imply confinement. An analytical approach for exploring this phenomenon is also outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)518-521
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear Physics B - Proceedings Supplements
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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