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An Introduction to the Confinement Problem

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 821)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Jeff Greensite
    Pages 1-2
  3. Jeff Greensite
    Pages 21-34
  4. Jeff Greensite
    Pages 35-48
  5. Jeff Greensite
    Pages 49-54
  6. Jeff Greensite
    Pages 55-86
  7. Jeff Greensite
    Pages 87-100
  8. Jeff Greensite
    Pages 131-147
  9. Jeff Greensite
    Pages 173-189
  10. Jeff Greensite
    Pages 191-205
  11. Jeff Greensite
    Pages 207-208
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 209-211

About this book


This book addresses the confinement problem, which quite generally deals with the behavior of non-abelian gauge theories, and the force which is mediated by gauge fields, at large distances.The word “confinement” in the context of hadronic physics originally referred to the fact that quarks and gluons appear to be trapped inside mesons and baryons, from which they cannot escape. There are other, and possibly deeper meanings that can be attached to the term, and these will be explored in this book. Although the confinement problem is far from solved, much is now known about the general features of the confining force, and there are a number of very well motivated theories of confinement which are under active investigation. This volume gives a both pedagogical and concise introduction and overview of the main ideas in this field, their attractive features, and, as appropriate, their shortcomings.


Coulomb confinement Wilson loops gluon-chain model quark confinement

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Dept. Physics & AstronomySan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

“The author presumably realized that, with not much effort and starting from those notes, he could write a diluted and more accessible version expanding and updating the material. This excellent book on confinement is the result. ... This is indeed a very good book. I enjoyed reading it and … I learned a lot from it. … It is definitely a research book that provides readers with a guide to the most updated confinement models.” (Giuseppe Nardelli, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2012 d)

“This volume gives both a pedagogical and a concise, correct introduction along with an overview of the main ideas involved in such an important area, their fascinating features as well as some limitations. The book is beautifully produced with special emphasis on the relevance of center symmetry and lattice formulation as well as an introduction to current research on confinement.” (Paninjukunnath Achuthan, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1217, 2011)