skip to main content


Title: Coulomb string tension, asymptotic string tension, and the gluon chain

We compute, via numerical simulations, the non-perturbative Coulomb potential and position-space ghost propagator in pure SU(3) gauge theory in Coulomb gauge. We find that that the Coulomb potential scales nicely in accordance with asymptotic freedom, that the Coulomb potential is linear in the infrared, and that the Coulomb string tension is about four times larger than the asymptotic string tension. We explain how it is possible that the asymptotic string tension can be lower than the Coulomb string tension by a factor of four.
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. San Francisco State Univ., CA (United States). Dept Physics & Astronomy
  2. Indiana Univ., Bloomington, IN (United States). Dept. of Physics and Center for Exploration of Energy and Matter
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
JLAB/THY-14-1925; DOE/OR-23177-3228
Journal ID: ISSN 1550-7998; PRVDAQ; ArticleNumber: 034503; TRN: US1601154
Grant/Contract Number:
FG03-92ER40711; FG0287ER40365; AC05-06OR23177; AC05- 06OR23177
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review. D, Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 91; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 1550-7998
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, VA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Nuclear Physics (NP) (SC-26)
Country of Publication:
United States
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; 79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; coulomb potential; asymptotic string tension; string tension; gauge theory; quarks; antiquarks; gluons
OSTI Identifier:
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1180935