Las mañanas IFCA con Isabel Campos: "What has Lattice QCD ever done for us?"
Start date: 17/12/2021 12:00
End date: 17/12/2021 13:00
"This presentation aims to introduce Lattice QCD from a very elementary point of view. I will not try to discuss very complex physics phenomena in HEP, but only try to explain, including as well a historic perspective, why we are working in Lattice QCD, and what is the fundamental physics behind it. Lattice QCD is a mathematically exact formulation of QCD, the regnant theory of strong interactions, i.e. this is all about quarks and gluons. The Lattice formulation makes QCD accessible to simulations in a computer. Numerical simulations have the reputation of being an approximate method that mainly serves to obtain qualitative information on the behaviour of complex systems. This is not so in Lattice QCD, where the simulations produce results that are exact up to statistical errors (in a given lattice size): if we could have an infinite computer, we would solve QCD exactly. Therefore the development of computational strategies for Lattice requires physical insight, understanding of modern numerical methods, and understanding of the capabilities of massively parallel computers. Therefore we believe it is an ideal field to educate the new generations of scientists, and this is the message that I will try to convey during the presentation."
Isabel Campos obtained her PhD at the University of Zaragoza in the department of Theoretical Physics in 1998. She joined IFCA in 2005 and since 2008 she is tenured researcher at CSIC. She has been the PI of 8 projects funded by the European Framework Programs FP7 and H2020, awarded with a total funding of more than 151 million € between 2008 and 2021, of which about 8 million € have been awarded to CSIC.She is elected member of the European Grid Initiative foundation Executive Board. She is also the responsible of the Spanish coordination of the IBERGRID initiative with Portugal. She was appointed by the European Commission (EC) as a member of the High Level Expert Group to design the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).She is acting as advisor of international research organizations such as the Helmholtz Association in Germany; she is chairing the Scientific and Technical Advisory Board of the ESFRI Lifewatch; she is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) with the special role of advising the directorate in their future digitalization strategy. She also acts regularly as a consultant of the EC.