Gauge Topology, Flux Tubes and Holographic Models: the intricate dynamics of QCD in vacuum and extreme environments
The workshop focuses on wide range of topic in Nonperturbative QCD. The series of such meetings started in 2015 at Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, followed by two held at ECT* Trento in 2016 and 2018 and two Summer seminar series (Simons center) during the summers 2020 and 2021.
As the title suggests, QCD dynamics is intricate; the theory of strong interactions is notoriously difficult to understand at hadronic scales. In spite of tremendous progress, particularly in quantitative questions that can be addressed by lattice Monte Carlo methods, it is fair to say that a complete and comprehensive description of the physics of hadrons is still lacking. Key questions faced by theory include chiral symmetry breaking and the confinement mechanism, the confinement- deconfinement phase transitions, the QCD phase diagram and hadronic dynamics at high baryon densities, hadronic spectroscopy in quark models and on the lattice, hadronic parton distribution functions and much more. Many of these questions have a direct bearing on current LHC/RHIC experiments and future FAIR and EIC experiments.
Edward Shuryak (Stony Brook University, New York/US)
Massimo D’Elia (University of Pisa, Pisa/I)
Jeff Greensite (San Francisco State University, San Francisco/US)
Elias Kiritsis (University of Crete, Heraklion/GR)
Ismail Zahed (Stony Brook University, New York/US)