Craig McNeile's Physics Research


This document contains information about my research interests and teaching experience. I have recorded a welcome message in mp3 format.

I am working on solving QCD (Quantum Chromodynamics) via numerical simulations of lattice QCD. QCD is a well defined theory, but it is  extremely difficult to solve. One set of the fundamental building blocks of matter are called quarks. We would like to study the masses and decay properties of quarks to find evidence for some more profound theory of particle physics than we have now. Unfortunately the quarks interact with each other and other particles via QCD. To study quarks, we need to tame QCD

Numerical simulations of lattice QCD offer the prospect of "solving" QCD from first principles (see my user profile on Wikipedia).

For a general introduction to lattice QCD, I recommend reading the review article written by Rajan Gupta. I have written a review article on hadron spectrscopy that had a target audience of nuclear theorists. (This article is available as part of a book on lattice QCD that is available for a modest price. The HPQCD collaboration maintain a list of reviews of their work in the popular press.

Specifically, I am interested in:

My research interests in nuclear/hadronic physics

QCD contains both quarks and gluons. Quarks and gluons combine to form
bound states called meson and baryons. In principle the gluons can produce
novel bound states, such as glueballs or hybrid mesons. However, currently,
there is no conclusive evidence for QCD bound states where the gluons
play a dynamical role. Perhaps, this is because QCD is difficult to solve.

The goals of my research in this area are:
  • The determination of the masses of light J^PC = 0++ and 2++ flavour singlet mesons, because glueball degrees of freedom may be hidden in these states (Recent papers, 2010 , 2006 , 2000 and a review) .
  • One of my medium term goals is to determine the mass spectrum of exotic mesons in the charmonium system.
  • Validation of lattice QCD techniques against basic light  meson spectroscopy, such as the masses of the a0 and b1 mesons. To understand novel bound states, we must also understand standard hadrons.
  • Application of techniques to deal with resonances using lattice QCD.

There are new experimental facilities such as the 12 GeV upgrade of the Jefferson lab, and the PANDA experiment at GSI, whose main goal is to search for the effects of non-perturbative gluons. These experiments will start taking data after 2015. The BES experiment in China is already taking data and plans to look for glueball degrees of freedom.

My research interests in particle physics

Computational physics

My draft outreach site.

Recent Talks

I am on the local organizing committee for extreme qcd 2016 conference.

I am slowly adding my conference talks to a google maps.

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Research News

  • Review talk about glueballs I will be presenting a review talk about glueballs at the 3rd Elba workshop on Forward Physics.
    Posted Apr 22, 2016, 8:07 AM by Craig McNeile
  • ILDG23 I am giving a short talk at the 23rd ILDG meeting. This is a virtual meeting.
    Posted Apr 24, 2015, 1:56 AM by Craig McNeile
  • Plenary talk at the lattice 2013 conference I am happy to announce that I have been invited to give a topical plenary talk at the lattice 2013 conference. The title of the talk is: Determination of the ...
    Posted May 27, 2013, 1:22 AM by Craig McNeile
  • Talk at The 9th International Workshop on Heavy Quarkonium 2013 I have been invited to present our results on the lattice qcd calculation of the mass of the charm quark at the The 9th International Workshop on Heavy Quarkonium 2013
    Posted Feb 7, 2013, 7:03 AM by Craig McNeile
  • Review talk in Singapore I am reviewing lattice qcd calculations of the quark masses and strong coupling at a meeting in Singapore in Match 2013.
    Posted Jan 30, 2013, 2:55 AM by Craig McNeile
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Education and work history

  I am currently a member of the HPQCD collaboration.

I am a member of the Centre for Mathematical Science (CMS) at Plymouth University.

I was a member of the SFB Hadron Physics from lattice QCD.
I was a member of the UKQCD  (new web page), ETM,  and MILCBudapest-Marseille-  Wuppertal .  collaborations.


For a full list of my experience of teaching please see my CVSee the courses I have been on to improve my teaching.  I am in charge of the blog for the department.

2013-2014 Plymouth University

This year I also had to take the infamous PGCAP course.

2014-2015 Plymouth University

2015-2016 Plymouth University

  • PHYS051  A foundation year course in basic physics.
  • MATH1607PP , The Quantum Universe. A first year immersive course, in which a module is  taught over 1 month.
  • MATH1606, I teach in the computer lab with Maple and Matlab.

2016-2017  Plymouth University

  • PHYS051  A foundation year course in basic physics.
  • MATH1607PP , The Quantum Universe. A first year immersive course, in which a module is  taught over 1 month.
  • MATH1606, I will teach in the computer lab with Maple and Matlab and I am lecturing on numerical algorithms.
  • I am running the Physics labs for PHYS05.
  • I am teaching and developing the new module: Mathematical Programming

The use of technology in teaching.

Using Microsoft onenote for student's to develop a.portfolio

I am starting to work with a local company on a competition for the second year students.

Teaching in Germany (Wuppertal)

In 2010 I taught in the computer lab for undergraduate   (masters projects)  Computer simulation 2 as part of the CSIS masters degree.

Additional information

My CV is online.   Mein Lebenslauf.  

You can look at my publications from google scholar. Also see my inspire record of publications.

See my profile at Plymouth University.  and my linkedin profile.

I am starting to develop some outreach applications.  Some notes on using the clusters at Plymouth.  I am on the local organizing committee for the Extreme QCD conference to held in Plymouth 2016. We are organizing a Particle Physics Master Class for April 2017.

The summer of 2016 I am supervising two students on a Nuffield Placement.
There is information about the two projects I am offering.

Contact information

School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics

Plymouth University

Drake Circus



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