Confining strings

A. M. Polyakov

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We propose a hypothesis that all gauge theories are equivalent to a certain non-standard string theory. Different gauge groups are accounted for by weights ascribed to the world-sheets of different topologies. The hypothesis is checked in the case of the compact abelian theories, where we show how condensing monopole-instanton fields are reproduced by the summation over surfaces. In the non-abelian case we prove that the loop equations are satisfied modulo contact terms. The structure of these terms unfortunately remains undetermined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-33
Number of pages11
JournalNuclear Physics B
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Feb 17 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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