Project title: Lattice simulations of Beyond the Standard Model phenomena
Director of Studies: Dr Vincent Drach
Second Supervisor: Dr Antonio Rago
The so-called lattice approach is a very successful first principle method that allows to solve Gauge Theories. Calculations resort to large scale simulations and are typically run on the largest supercomputers. Lattice simulations are a unique tool to explore non perturbative phenomena in theories which are not well understood. In Nature, non perturbative phenomena give rise to the mass of the ordinary proton, which’s mass mostly come from the binding energy of its constituents: the quarks. Tremendous efforts are being made to design extensions of the Standard Model of particle physics using similar mechanism that could for instance explain the mass and properties of the Higgs boson.
In this project we will use lattice simulations to explore new non perturbative dynamics and provide quantitative results that are relevant for experiments searching for new physics like the one performed by the world’s largest accelerator: the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The project will also provide a deeper understanding of non perturbative phenomena in particle physics and push back the knowledge frontier. The project will rely heavily on code development, numerical simulations, data analysis and theoretical development of new methods.