Seminar Details

Microscopic Simulations in Nuclear Physics: from QCD to EFT and from there to QMC

Alex Gezerlis, University of Guelph
Tuesday, October 22, 11:00 AM - Theory Seminar
NSCL Seminar Room

I will first provide a broad outline of modern nuclear theory, especially in connection with first-principles studies of strongly interacting nucleons. Starting with some general points on the underlying theory of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), I will then go over the efforts toward connecting QCD with many-nucleon studies (via chiral Effective Field Theory [EFT]), including the methods that now constitute the state-of-the-art in nuclear theory. I will also introduce a recent local reformulation of chiral EFT, which makes it possible to use such modern potentials within the framework of Quantum Monte Carlo (an essentially exact type of microscopic simulation method).