Communications in Mathematical Physics

, Volume 91, Issue 3, pp 329–380 | Cite as

Lattice Yang-Mills theory at nonzero temperature and the confinement problem

  • Christian Borgs
  • Erhard Seiler


We discuss finite temperature lattice Yang-Mills theory with special attention to the confinement problem. The relationship between the confinement criteria of Wilson, Polyakov, and 't Hooft is clarified by establishing a string of inequalities between the corresponding string tensions.

The close connection between finite temperature Yang-Mills models and spin models is exploited to obtain new and rather sharp upper bounds for the critical coupling constant above which there is confinement. This same analogy also allows us to establish infrared bounds for the gauge models that yield a lower bound for this critical coupling and thereby show the existence of a weak coupling regime without confinement at nonzero temperature in three or more space dimensions.

Finally we discuss extension of our results to other forms of the lattice action, the Hamiltonian lattice models of Kogut and Susskind and 't Hooft'sN → ∞ limit.


Weak Coupling Space Dimension Close Connection Finite Temperature Lattice Action 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Borgs
    • 1
  • Erhard Seiler
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für Physik und AstrophysikWerner-Heisenberg-Institut für PhysikMünchenFederal Republic of Germany

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