# High Energy Theory Seminar

Friday, September 11, 2020
11:00am to 12:00pm
I discuss the conditions under which Higgs and confining regimes    in gauge theories with fundamental representation matter fields can be sharply    distinguished. It is widely believed that these regimes are    smoothly connected unless they are distinguished by the    realization of global symmetries.  However, I show that when a    $U(1)$ global symmetry is spontaneously broken in both the    confining and Higgs regimes, the two phases can be separated by a phase boundary.      The phase transition between the two regimes may be    detected by a novel topological vortex order parameter.    We illustrate these ideas by explicit calculations in gauge theories    in three spacetime dimensions.