Our research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through regular research grants as well as through three Outstanding Junior Investigator Awards . We also participate in a Cyber-enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI) grant from the National Science Foundation. Our past research support has includes international collaboration grants from the National Science Foundation as well as collaborative agreements with the RIKEN/BNL Research Center and Jefferson Laboratory.
We participate in international collaborations with many universities, including the University of Durham (England), Kyoto University (Japan) and the Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (Calcutta, India), as well as universities in Bern (Switzerland), Budapest (Hungary), Munich (Germany), Frankfurt (Germany) and Regensburg (Germany). We also interact closely with nuclear theory and experimental groups at North Carolina State and the University of North Carolina, with whom we run the bi-weekly Triangle Nuclear Theory Colloquium.
|composition are quantitatively understood, those at the quark level are still very poorly understood. The Duke group investigates QCD from three broad points of view: the derivation of effective quark interactions from first principles; the behavior of elementary particles under extreme conditions; and reactions of particles and nuclei at high densities and temperatures.|
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two main research areas of our group:
Lattice Gauge and Effective Field Theories (l/eft)
The Duke group studies particle interactions at both the hadron level (protons,
neutrons, mesons and their excited states) and at the quark level. They
are particularly interested in the theoretical desciption of phenomena that
probe specific QCD-related aspects of these interactions, either through
symmetry properties that are characteristic for QCD or through signatures
of the quark substructure of hadronic matter. Current research projects
include the use of effective field theories for processes involving hadrons
containing heavy (c or b) quarks and investigations probing hadron structure.
Lattice gauge calculations provide the only rigorous method to solve QCD and e.g. compute its equation of state. In principle both, non-perturbative confined hadronic matter as well as the non-perturbative and perturbative deconfined phases of QCD can be investigated.