At the Xth Quark Confinement and the Hadronic Spectrum conference F. Sannino will give the plenary talk “Higgs discovery: Impact on composite dynamics” selected to be sponsored by the European Physics Journal. For each EPJ sponsored talk – held by a distinguished member of the Editorial Boards of the EPJ journals – the registration and accommodation fees for an additional student are covered. This is one of the worldwideleading conferences in the field of quark and hadron research
The Host of the tenth conference on “Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum” will be the Physics Department of the Technical University Munich (TUM) with support from the Excellence Cluster Universe.
From the press release one reads: “Around 400 scientists from all over the world will gather in Munich to discuss our progress in the understanding of the strong interactions that bind quarks and gluons inside the nuclei. Quarks are the fundamental constituents of matter. They combine to form composite particles called hadrons, which are held together by the strong force – one of the four fundamental forces of nature. The most stable hadrons are protons and neutrons, the components of atomic nuclei.
The quarks inside these hadrons interact through the exchange of so-called gluons. This interaction has the characteristic to become very strong at the energy scale of hadrons, hence the name “strong force”. This means that the gluons bind the quarks so tightly together, that they cannot be isolated as individual entities. They are literally confined inside the hadrons. This phenomenon is known as “quark confinement” and is one of the most important still open problems in particle physics.
Progress in the understanding of this phenomenon as well as other aspects of strong interactions have a big impact on a broad spectrum of important problems. These include astroparticle physics and cosmology, as well as the search for new physics at large accelerators and in low energy experiments. Furthermore, mathematical solutions, tools and techniques have been developed in order to handle strongly interacting systems. These provide spin-off applications to many fields including solid state physics.
“Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum” will take place at a very important time for particle physics: A new particle, likely the Higgs boson, has been discovered at the large hadron collider (LHC) at CERN and we are increasingly restricting the parameters for physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. The 10th “Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum” offers the opportunity to discuss perspectives and the future of strongly coupled theories.”