Monopoles, vortices and confinement in SU(3) gauge theory

L. Del Debbio, A. Di Giacomo, B. Lucini

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We compute, in SU(3) pure gauge theory, the vacuum expectation value (vev) of the operator which creates a $Z_3$ vortex wrapping the lattice through periodic boundary conditions (dual Polyakov line). The technique used is the same already tested in the SU(2) case. The dual Polyakov line proves to be a good disorder parameter for confinement, and has a similar behaviour to the monopole condensate. The new features which characterise the construction of the disorder operator in SU(3) are emphasised.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326–329
JournalPhysics Letters B
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2000


  • hep-lat
  • Confinement
  • Vortices
  • Monopoles


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