Center vortices and k-strings

Luigi Del Debbio, Dmitri Diakonov

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The vortex contribution to the $k$-string tensions is computed for SU($N$) gauge theories. We deduce the surface densities needed to reproduce the sine scaling and the Casimir scaling formulae, recently obtained from numerical simulations on the lattice. We find that such densities need to grow linearly in $N$, which in turn suggests that the vortex scenario can hardly reproduce the physics of confinement at large $N$.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202–206
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters B
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2002


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