Swansea physicist organizes six-week research programme in Seattle

During March-April 2012 a six-week programme on Gauge Field Dynamics In and Out of Equilibrium will take place at the Institute for Nuclear Theory (INT) in Seattle (WA, USA)

This programme is organized by Prof Gert Aarts of the Particle Theory group in the Physics Department, in collaboration with Prof Mikko Laine (Bern University, Switzerland) and Prof Guy Moore (McGill University, Montreal, Canada). About 50 scientists from around the world will visit for a minimum of three weeks, to focus on research questions related to the dynamics of relativistic non-Abelian gauge
theories, such as QCD, the theory of strong interactions. Understanding non-abelian dynamics plays an important role in current heavy-ion collision experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN as well as in the astrophysics of compact stars. Related conceptual problems are also met in certain dark matter and leptogenesis computations in cosmology.


The idea of the INT programme is that scientists have ample opportunity for discussion, without the distractions so often present in their home institutions. Prof Aarts will be leading the programme for the first two weeks and will visit for four weeks altogether.

The INT is part of the University of Washington in Seattle and funded by the Department of Energy. More information can be found at http://www.int.washington.edu/PROGRAMS/12-1/