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On confinement and duality

Abstract

Confinement in four-dimensional gauge theories is considered from several points of view. General features are discussed, and the mechanism of confinement is investigated. Dualities between field theories, and duality between field theory and string theory, are both put to use. In these lectures I have given an overview of some of the key ideas underlying confinement as a property of field theory, and now, of string theory as well. This is a tiny fraction of what field theory (and now string theory) is capable of, and we are still uncovering new features on a monthly basis. In fact, most field theories do not have confinement, for reasons entirely different from those of QCD. Many become nontrivial conformal field theories at low energy. Others become composite, weakly-coupled gauge theories. Dualities of many stripes are found everywhere. Ordinary dimensional analysis in string theory is totally wrong in the regime where it looks like weakly-coupled field theory, and ordinary dimensional analysis in field theory is totally wrong in the regime where it looks like weakly-coupled supergravity.
Authors:
Strassler, M J [1] 
  1. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (United States)
Publication Date:
May 15, 2002
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
INIS-XA-856; LNS-027003
Resource Relation:
Conference: 2001 spring school on superstrings and related matters, Trieste (Italy), 2-10 Apr 2001; Other Information: 41 refs, 25 figs; Related Information: In: 2001 spring school on superstrings and related matters, ICTP lecture notes CD seriesv. 7, by Bachas, C. [ENS, Paris (France)]; Maldacena, J. [Harvard University, Cambridge (United States)]; Narain, K.S.; Randjbar-Daemi, S. [Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste (Italy)] (eds.), 303 pages.
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; CONFINEMENT; CONFORMAL INVARIANCE; DUALITY; FOUR-DIMENSIONAL CALCULATIONS; GAUGE INVARIANCE; HIGGS MODEL; LECTURES; MAGNETIC FLUX; MAXWELL EQUATIONS; QUANTUM CHROMODYNAMICS; STRING MODELS; SUPERCONDUCTORS; SUPERGRAVITY; SUPERSYMMETRY; YANG-MILLS THEORY
OSTI ID:
20854854
Research Organizations:
Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste (Italy)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISBN 92-95003-10-1; TRN: XA0600664027874
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form; Also available on-line: http://www.ictp.it
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 103-162
Announcement Date:
Apr 18, 2007

Citation Formats

Strassler, M J. On confinement and duality. IAEA: N. p., 2002. Web.
Strassler, M J. On confinement and duality. IAEA.
Strassler, M J. 2002. "On confinement and duality." IAEA.
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title = {On confinement and duality}
author = {Strassler, M J}
abstractNote = {Confinement in four-dimensional gauge theories is considered from several points of view. General features are discussed, and the mechanism of confinement is investigated. Dualities between field theories, and duality between field theory and string theory, are both put to use. In these lectures I have given an overview of some of the key ideas underlying confinement as a property of field theory, and now, of string theory as well. This is a tiny fraction of what field theory (and now string theory) is capable of, and we are still uncovering new features on a monthly basis. In fact, most field theories do not have confinement, for reasons entirely different from those of QCD. Many become nontrivial conformal field theories at low energy. Others become composite, weakly-coupled gauge theories. Dualities of many stripes are found everywhere. Ordinary dimensional analysis in string theory is totally wrong in the regime where it looks like weakly-coupled field theory, and ordinary dimensional analysis in field theory is totally wrong in the regime where it looks like weakly-coupled supergravity.}
place = {IAEA}
year = {2002}
month = {May}
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