Color confinement is the concept that particles that possess color charges (quarks and glouns) can not be found freely, and only color-free combinations can be observed.

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How far can we separate two bound quarks?

If we try to separate two quarks bound into a meson or a hadron, the energy in the gluon field eventually will be large enough to spawn a quark-antiquark pair. How far can we stretch that gluon ...
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Up/Down Quark Color and Isospin

I'm reading some notes that say the reason that the strong interaction conserve isospin is because the up and down quarks have the same color... but I'm not very convinced. Is this a universal truth? ...
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Do quark charges repel one another?

Positive electrical charges repel other positive charges, and negatives repel negatives. But does that happen for quarks, too? I never saw mention of it, but if so, that would mean the up quarks in a ...
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Can quarks be considered real and elementary?

In our current theories all hadrons are made up of quarks and gluons. This view reduces considerably the big family of hadrons by providing a very logical structure in which all quantum properties ...
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Why have our eyes not evolved to see “gluons”? [closed]

Bit of a random question...photons are the propagators for QED, and we rely on photons to see the world around us. The gluon is the propagator in QCD. Why have our eyes not evolved to see gluons ...
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Can a massless quark exist?

Is there any possible way to extract all the mass of a quark? Probably under extreme Gs or heat or pressure?
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Are the properties assigned to quarks meaningful?

Suspect this may have been asked before, but can't find it. My question is: If you can never have a free quark, what sense does it make to attribute properties to them, since you can never ...
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Yang-Mills theories, confinement and chiral symmetry breaking

I was thinking about hadrons in general Yang-Mills theories and I have some doubts that I'd like to discuss with you. Suppose that we have a Yang-Mills theory that, like QCD, tend to bind quarks ...
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Why are quarks and gluons confined [duplicate]

I understand that quarks and gluons are confined to the particle they are part of but why is this? It seems that the color force is the only force that causes confinement so what is different about ...
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What is cause of quantization of charge? [duplicate]

What is cause of quantization of charge? When we rub two objects only an integral number of electrons or charges can be transferred is this the reason? Why electron has the smallest possible charge? ...
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Doubts about quark confinement, the pole mass and the quark gluon plasma

I have seen written a few times that the notion of a pole mass for a quark contradicts the quark confinement picture and that non-perturbatively it is expected that the quark pole mass be infinite. ...
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SU(2) confinement picture

Preamble: In section 2 of these lecture notes (Gerard 't Hooft, 1998) an alternative interpretation of the weak interaction is presented, in which the weak force is confined, much like the strong ...
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How quark electric charge directly have been measured?

How quarks electric charge directly have been measured when quarks never directly observed in isolation? (Due to a phenomenon known as color confinement.)
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Topological susceptibility in QCD and corresponding pole

The topological susceptibility in QCD (here I've used path integral approach, and hence I will neglect all contact terms) is defined as $$ \kappa (p) \equiv \lim_{y \to 0}\int d^{4}x ...
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Why do protons not break into quarks?

I know that free a neutron breaks into a proton because a proton has less mass and energy. Then, why do protons not break into quarks, since they have even less energy? Or why do gluons join quarks? ...
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Does quark confinement imply indivisibility of quarks?

I recently heard the statement$^1$ that quark confinement is evidence for the indivisibility of quarks (i.e. that they are indeed fundamental and have no substructure), but I don't see any reason why ...
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Why do quarks tend to bond in groups of three?

Why do quarks tend to bond in groups of three? I understand why they might in bond in groups of three to create a net charge of zero (i.e. neutrons), but I don't understand why they form protons and ...
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Changing, or static, quark color composition within a proton?

Consider say the proton. It is seems to be universally stated that a proton is "composed of three quarks, 2 up and a down, and you must have the three different 'colors'". So, you can have blue-up, ...
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Why doesn't the color force between two quarks have an inverse square law?

From what I understand the color force between two quarks doesn't decrease with distance. Why is it that the color force doesn't decrease with the square of the distance if there are three dimensions ...
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Phase diagram of gauge + matter theories

I am looking for some notes/reviews on confinement and Higgs phases suitable for Fermionic/Bosonic matter coupled to Abelian ($Z_2$ or $U(1)$ etc) gauge fields. The purpose is to understand issues ...
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Quark model in particle physics

As we all know that baryons are made up of three quarks while mesons are made up of a quark and an anti-quark. Is it possible for a particle to exist with five or seven quarks? Can a particle exist ...
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Can non-color-neutral nucleons exist?

In a proton or neutron, one quark is red, another blue, and the last green, making it color neutral. Is it possible for a nucleon to consist of colors rgg, rbb, rrb, etc? If three quarks of such color ...
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When do gauge theories have protected gapless excitations?

Goldstone's theorem states that a system in which a continuous symmetry is spontaneously broken necessarily has gapless excitations. (A hand-waving "proof" of Goldstone's theorem can be given by ...
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How and why the phrase “quark force increases with distance”?

I have seen that phrase "force between quarks increases with distance" at many resources, some even relatively credible (albeit written for general audience). What is the reason behind that, when ...
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Strong force between quarks that are out of causal contact

This is a rather artificial scenario, but it has been bugging me lately. Background Due to the confinement in QCD, quarks are bound in color-neutral configurations. Any attempt to separate a quark ...
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Why is QCD hard to solve if I know the beta functions?

Why is it still hard to solve QCD if we know the beta functions of the coupling? Aren't only the loops causing problems? And am I not able to write every possible interaction exact at tree-level with ...
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Why is $U(1)$ special when defining global charges?

For gauge groups like $SU(2)$ and $SU(3)$ etc. we know that observable states such as mesons or baryons must be charge neutral. However, for a $U(1)$ gauge group we can have charged initial states in ...
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Can we quantitatively understand quark and gluon confinement in quantum chromodynamics and the existence of a mass gap?

Quantum chromodynamics, or QCD, is the theory describing the strong nuclear force. Carried by gluons, it binds quarks into particles like protons and neutrons. According to the theory, the tiny ...
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The notion of confinement in AdS/CFT

In the frame of the AdS/CFT correspondence, how do I recognize in the SUGRA part that the dual field theory will exhibit confinement. I mean, can I see it in the metric? or should I compute a field to ...
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Is color charge a quantum mechanical observable?

If I had 2 pions that were identical, except one was comprised of a red and anti-red, and the other was comprised of a green and anti-green, would I be able to perform an experiment that distinguishes ...
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Notions of “confined” and “metastable” states?

What is the exact definition of terms "confined state" and "metastable state", in the context of quantum mechanics? Can we also have a "confined metastable state"? Can we somehow easily link these ...
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Why instantons can not cause confinement in 4d?

I am reading Aspects of Symmetry by Sidney Coleman. More specifically I am trying to learn about instantons, and I would like some clarifications. In chapter 7, section 4. he derives confinement in ...
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Instantons and confinement

Do instantons tell us something about behavior of QCD when lowering an energies? I.e., is it possible that instantons provide confinement? Are there some calculations which tell us that instantons ...
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Gravitational… confinement?

This is a followup to Ergil's question "Weak isospin confinement?". According to the Wikipedia article on color confinement: The current theory is that confinement is due to the ...
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Has confinement been experimentally observed? [closed]

So, confinement has obviously been shown by lattice gauge theory to be a predicted aspect of QCD. However, to what extent has it been observed in experimental physics?
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Has the formation of a new quark pair as we separate two quarks been observed or is it only a prediction? [duplicate]

Because of quark confinement we know that as we try to separate quarks appart the energy required will increase, but if the force is strong enough (I do not know if possible in the lab, but at least ...
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Deconfinement at high T $\leftrightarrow$ spontaneous breaking of the center of the gauge group

I am reading Witten's "Anti-de Sitter Space, Thermal Phase Transitions, And Confinement In Gauge Theories" (see here), in which he connects the confinement-deconfinement transition in $\mathcal{N}=4$ ...
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What would be the best way to explain color confinement in quarks? [duplicate]

To someone who is not so experienced in advanced physics, how do you explain or teach them why something as complex as color confinement prevents us from being able to see or prove that there are any ...
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Could the universe have non-vanishing net colour charge?

I've heard that the strong force doesn't decrease in strength with increasing distance, and that's why quarks must be confined within hadrons. But could there be, say, a single quark out there, so ...
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What does it mean that there is no mathematical proof for confinement?

I see this all the time* that there still doesn't exist a mathematical proof for confinement. What does this really mean and how would a sketch of a proof look like? What I mean by that second ...
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QCD in the non-perturbative regime

In the list of unsolved problems in physics. Confinement: the equations of QCD remain unsolved at energy scales relevant for describing atomic nuclei. How does QCD give rise to the physics of nuclei ...
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Are “confinement” and “asymptotic freedom” two sides of the same coin?

On Wikipedia it says that the two peculiar properties of quantum chromodynamics (QCD) are: confinement and asymptotic freedom. Asymptotic freedom is the idea that at low energies we cannot use ...
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Could quarks be free in higher-dimensional space than 3D?

Reading this answer, I now wonder: if quarks are confined by $r^2$ potential, could their potential allow infinite motion in higher-dimensional space? To understand why I thought this might be ...
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Is quark electric charge also confined?

Since we will (maybe) never observe free quarks which has fraction charge, is it logically correct to say that the fraction (1/2,2/3 etc) electric charge is also confined. I.e. the charges that we do ...
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Is there a non-technical way to understand why proving confinement is difficult?

As far as I understand, the basic reason why we are not able to solve QCD at low energies is because it is a strongly coupled quantum field theory, and a part from exceptional situations in simplified ...
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What makes the quarks stay inside the proton?

Inside a single proton for example, what is the force(s) that keeps the quarks together? Why don't they leave the proton? If they do, how does that even happen? And maybe an additional sub question: ...
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A naive question on the Quantum Hall Effect(QHE) and the confinement in gauge theory?

The non-interacting 2D lattice QH system is described by the Hamiltonian $H=\sum t_{ij}e^{iA_{ij}}c_i^\dagger c_j+H.c$ My confusion is: Does this imply that the $2D$ lattice QHE is described by the ...
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Is color confinement detected?

I'm a graduate student studying QFT. I'm quite interested that is color confinement detected or proved? (both directly and indirectly) Or it is just an assumption?
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Why strong and weak forces are short range? [closed]

Why are the strong and weak nuclear forces short range? Are quarks confined or welded together? Why are elementary particles confined at short range? Or is color confinement color welding? the ...