All matter, alive or not, is composed of atoms. Each atom is made up of a central positively charged core (nucleus), which is surrounded by a cloud of negatively charged electrons. Although the diameter of the core is approximately 100,000 times smaller than that of the atom, it carries most of the atom's mass. An atom's core is made up of a bundle of particles constituting two types of nucleons, known as protons and neutrons, which maintain their cohesion in the core by exchanging other particles called pions. Protons, neutrons and pions, along with other particles produced in large particle accelerators, constitute the big family of particles known as hadrons. These high energy particles are made up of subnuclear particles known as quarks, which interact by exchanging gluons. Currently, quarks and gluons are the last known components of matter.
The objective of our research is to understand the dynamics of quarks and gluons within hadrons and in quark-gluon plasma. Research includes a theoretical component of model development and computational techniques to create computer codes in order to control the predictions of the models.
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