Swansea physicist wins prize for innovative science

Dr Benjamin Jaeger, a postdoctoral researcher in the Particle Theory Group of the Physics Department at Swansea University's College of Science has won the prize for best poster in innovative science at the Annual Dirac meeting, held at Durham University on the 22nd of September 2014.

Ben's research is in lattice QCD and High-Performance Computing (HPC), and his poster, entitled "Exploring the phase diagram of QCD", covered recent progress in numerical computations for strongly interacting matter with an imbalance between particles and antiparticles. The work is carried out in collaboration with Prof Gert Aarts (Swansea), Felipe Attanasio (Swansea postgraduate student, funded via the Brazilian Science without Borders programme), Prof Ion-Olimpiu Stamatescu and Dr Denes Sexty (both at Heidelberg University, Germany) and Dr Erhard Seiler (MPI Munich, Germany), and relies heavily on HPC resources, made available via Dirac.

Dirac, short for Distributed Research utilising Advanced Computing, is the integrated supercomputing facility for theoretical modelling and HPC-based research in particle physics, astronomy and cosmology. It is funded via the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Swansea Lattice QCD group has been part of Dirac since its inception.

At the Annual meeting, approximately 40 posters were presented, covering topics ranging from quarks and gluons at the smallest scales to the Universe on cosmological scales. The prize money, two times £500, was generously provided by DDN - Data Direct Networks. The other prize was awarded in the field of cosmology.

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