Lattice QCD: from Promise to Precision

  • June 9, 2021, 4:00 pm US/Central
  • Andreas Kronfeld, Fermilab
  • Chris Stoughton
  • Video

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When: Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Location: ZOOM ONLY

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Within the Standard Model of particle physics, quantum chromodynamics (QCD, the theory of the strong force) is unique in several ways.  It is a beautiful quantum field theory, consistent at all energies, all temperatures, and all densities.  It is rich in emergent phenomena, which is a more challenging kind of beauty when quantitative understanding is needed.  By now, however, several “incalculable” QCD properties have been calculated with sub-percent precision, thanks to numerical lattice gauge theory.  In this colloquium, I trace this subject’s journey from a promising technique to a precise and predictive tool, relied on to interpret experiments in particle physics, nuclear physics, and even astrophysics.