Condensed monopoles and abelian confinement

Michael Stone, Paul R. Thomas

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We show that contribution of monopole loops to the functional integral in four-dimensional lattice (quantum electrodynamics) can be mapped on to scalar quantum electro-dynamics. The phase transition where the monopole loops become very long then corresponds to the onset of the Higgs-Kibble mechanism and confinement due to the dual Meissner effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-353
Number of pages3
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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