Physics Colloquium: Microscopic Simulations in Nuclear Physics

Event Details

  • Speaker(s): Professor Alexandros Gezerlis
  • Date:
  • Time: 3:30 PM
  • Location: MacN 101

I will 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).