|Description||Raul Briceno, Ph.D.
Jefferson Laboratory, Newport News, VA|
From Quarks to Nuclei
One of the goals of modern day particle physics is to find extensions of the Standard Model that would incorporate gross features of our universe that are currently missed by the Standard Model. An equally important scientific program is to utilize the Standard Model to obtain further insight to physical systems that are either experimentally inaccessible or whose experimental programs are plagued by systematic errors. Of the Standard Model, the strong nuclear sector has been a challenging one to understand. The non-perturbative nature of quantum chromodynamics (QCD) at low energies has made its connection to low-energy nuclear physics a qualitative one. This led K. Wilson to propose a program, known as Lattice QCD, to numerically investigate the implication of QCD for low-energy phenomena. In this talk I will discuss on-going efforts in trying to connect the Standard Model via Lattice QCD with our understanding of low-energy nuclear physics. I will focus on nuclear reactions that were responsible for the formation of light nuclei in the early stages of the universe and those that are of relevance for accelerator facilities, such as the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. Finally, I will give a glimpse into what could be expected from Lattice QCD in the not so distant future.
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