Selected results of the SimLab Nuclear & Particle Physics
Freeze-out parameters from Lattice QCD
Building on our precision calculation of the fluctuations of conserved charges in heavy ion experiments, we were able to extract the freeze-out paramters, i.e. temperature and chemical potential, from first principles using Lattice QCD.
Freeze-Out Parameters from Electric Charge and Baryon Number Fluctuations: Is There Consistency?
Physical review letters 113(5), 052301 (2014) [10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.052301]
QCD and QED and the stability of matter
In 2013, we extended our spectrum calculations by including QED in the valence sector. While QED effects are small, the interplay between isospin splitting in QCD and QED effects results in the uncharged neutron being heavier than the hydrogen nucleus, the proton, rendering the latter, and thus ordinary matter, stable.
Building on this experience, we performed a new set of simulations in 2014, using a new action that included QED in the sea sector as well. This result achieved a much higher precision for the neutron-proton mass splitting, excluding zero by more than 5 standard deviations.
Isospin Splittings in the Light-Baryon Octet from Lattice QCD and QED
Physical review letters 111(25), 252001 (2013) [10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.252001]
Ab initio calculation of the neutron-proton mass difference
Science 347(6229), 1452 - 1455 (2015) [10.1126/science.1257050]
Quark masses and physical point
In 2011, we were the first to reach the physical point using the theoretically clean Wilson-Clover discretization of Lattice QCD. This allowed us to extract the light quark masses with high precision, improving on the then available PDG value by almost an order of magnitude.
Lattice QCD at the physical point: Light quark masses
Physics letters / B 701, 265 - 268 (2011) [10.1016/j.physletb.2011.05.053]
Lattice QCD at the physical point: simulation and analysis details
Journal of high energy physics 2011, 148 (2011) [10.1007/JHEP08(2011)148]
Spectrum of QCD
In 2008, we computed the low lying hadron masses from first principles using Lattice QCD. Our result was later selected by Science as one of the Top-10 Scientific breakthroughs of 2008.