## Order parameter for confinement in large N gauge theories with fundamental matter

In a solvable model of two-dimensional SU(N) (N{r_arrow}{infinity}) gauge fields interacting with matter in both adjoint and fundamental representations we investigate the nature of the phase transition separating the strong and weak coupling regions of the phase diagram. By interpreting the large N solution of the model in terms of SU(N) representations it is shown that the strong coupling phase corresponds to a region where a gap occurs in the spectrum of irreducible representations. We identify a gauge-invariant order parameter for the generalized confinement-deconfinement transition and give a physical meaning to each phase in terms of the interaction of amore »