Center Dominance, Center Vortices, and Confinement

L. Del Debbio, M. Faber, J. Greensite, S. Olejnik

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We present a variety of numerical data supporting the Center Vortex theory of confinement. A method is introduced for identifying the location of center vortices, in thermalized gauge-field configurations generated by lattice Monte Carlo. Fluctuations in the number of such vortices, linked to fundamental representation Wilson loops, appear to be responsible for the asymptotic string tension extracted from those loops.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Developments in Quantum Field Theory
PublisherSpringer US
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-306-47075-2
ISBN (Print)978-0-306-45816-3
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Publication series

NameNATO Science Series: B:
PublisherSpringer US
ISSN (Print)0258-1221


  • hep-lat
  • hep-ph
  • hep-th

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