Charges are confined in a monopole condensate. We investigate a model based on an SU(2) Higgs model in which the preferred ground state has a nonzero value of the monopole field. For temperatures when (T)1 the model suggests a first-order confining-deconfining phase transition. The inclusion of massive fermions weakens this phase transition and it disappears completely when the fermion mass is comparable to the confining scale.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)