An effective string theory of Abrikosov-Nielsen-Olesen vortices

Alfredo Aranda, Christopher D. Carone, Richard F. Lebed

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We obtain an effective string theory of the Abrikosov-Nielsen-Olesen vortices of the Abelian Higgs model. The theory has an anomaly free effective string action which, when the extrinsic curvature is set equal to zero, yields the Nambu-Goto action. This generalizes previous work in which a string representation was obtained in the London limit, where the magnitude of the Higgs field is fixed. Viewed as a model for long distance QCD, it provides a concrete picture of the QCD string as a fluctuating Abrikosov-Nielsen-Olesen vortex of a dual superconductor on the border between type I and type II. (C) 2000 Published by Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-72
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Feb 10 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Abelian-Higgs-model
  • Abrikosov-Nielsen-Olesen-vortices
  • Dual-superconductivity
  • Effective-string-theory
  • Regge-trajectory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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