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
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
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:
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.
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