Physics lecturer wins prestigious competition to host international event
Dr Adi Armoni, a reader in theoretical physics based in the University’s College of Science, has won a prestigious competition to organise a programme for the Galileo Galilei Institute for Theoretical Physics based in Florence, Italy.
The international programme will take place between 4 April and 17 June, bringing together 75 theoretical physics experts. The focus will be on diverse aspects of the theory of strong interactions, also known as Quantum Chromodynamics. The theory asserts that the force between elementary particles called quarks becomes weak when the quarks are brought close to each other. For this discovery Gross, Politzer and Wilczek won the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics. Understanding the strong force behaviour at long distance still remains a challenging open problem.
The main subject of the programme is a method called the large-N approximation, and the event will provide an opportunity for lattice and gauge theory experts to interact with string theory experts to discuss aspects of the large-N gauge theories and gain a better understanding of the strong force.
Dr Adi Armoni (pictured with 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics winner David Gross) is an expert in the large-N approximation method and will be organising the programme, which will also include a conference, in conjunction with peers from a number of international universities; Dr T Cohen (University of Maryland, US); Dr G Grignani (University of Perugia, Italy); Dr H Neuberger (Rutgers, US); Dr L Yaffe (Seattle University, US) and Dr A Zaffaroni (University of Milano Bicocca, Italy).
Dr Armoni said: “I am delighted to win this award, which is worth €140K. It is a wonderful opportunity to bring the best minds in this field together to endeavour to make progress in explaining this complex problem of the strong force at large distances.”
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