k-strings and baryon vertices in SU(N) gauge theories

Research paper by Ferdinando Gliozzi

Indexed on: 30 Aug '05Published on: 30 Aug '05Published in: High Energy Physics - Theory


It is pointed out that the sine law for the k-string tension emerges as the critical threshold below which the spatial Z_N symmetry of the static baryon potential is spontaneously broken. This result applies not only to SU(N) gauge theories, but to any gauge system with stable k-strings admitting a baryon vertex made with N sources in the fundamental representation. Some simple examples are worked out.