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Modern Perspectives in Lattice QCD: Quantum Field Theory and High Performance Computing

Edited by Laurent Lellouch, Rainer Sommer, Benjamin Svetitsky, Anastassios Vladikas and Leticia F. Cugliandolo

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199691609
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731792 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691609.001.0001

Series: Lecture Notes of the Les Houches Summer School

Modern Perspectives in Lattice QCD: Quantum Field Theory and High Performance Computing

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The book is based on the lectures delivered at the XCIII Session of the ´Ecole de Physique des Houches, held in August, 2009. The aim of the event was to familiarize the new generation of Ph.D. students and postdoctoral Fellows with the principles and methods of modern lattice field theory, which Is set to resolve fundamental, non-perturbative questions about QCD without uncontrolled approximations. The emphasis of the book is on the theoretical developments that have shaped the field in the last two decades and that have turned lattice gauge theory into a robust approach to the determination of low energy hadronic quantities and of fundamental parameters of the Standard Model. By way of introduction, the courses of the school began by covering lattice theory basics (P. Hernández), lattice renormalization and improvement (P. Weisz and A. Vladikas) and the many faces of chirality (D.B. Kaplan). A later course introduced QCD at finite temperature and density (O. Philipsen). A broad view of lattice computation from the basics to recent developments was offered in the corresponding course (M. Lüscher). The students learned the basics of lattice computation in a hands-on tutorial (S. Schaefer)---a first at Les Houches, Extrapolations to physical quark masses and a framework for the parameterization of the low-energy physics by means of effective coupling constants has been covered in the course on chiral perturbation theory (M. Golterman). A course in heavy-quark effective theories (R. Sommer), an essential tool for performing the relevant lattice calculations, covered HQET from its basics to recent advances. A number of shorter courses rounded out the school and broadened its purview. These included recent applications to flavour physics (L. Lellouch) the nucleon--nucleon interation (S. Aoki) and a course on physics beyond the Standard Model (T. Appelquist and E.T. Neil).

Keywords: Lattice QCD; Quantum Field Theory; Computational Physics; Renormalization and Improvement; Chiral symmetry and Lattice QCD; Chiral Perturbation Theory; Lattice QCD at non-zero temperature and density; Nuclear Physics; Heavy Quark Effective Theory; Flavour Physics and CP-violation; Lattice Gauge Theory Beyond the Standard Model

Book.  760 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Mathematical and Statistical Physics

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Lattice field theory fundamentals in Modern Perspectives in Lattice QCD: Quantum Field Theory and High Performance Computing

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Renormalization and lattice artifacts in Modern Perspectives in Lattice QCD: Quantum Field Theory and High Performance Computing

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Chiral symmetry and lattice fermions in Modern Perspectives in Lattice QCD: Quantum Field Theory and High Performance Computing

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Lattice QCD at non-zero temperature and baryon density in Modern Perspectives in Lattice QCD: Quantum Field Theory and High Performance Computing

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Computational strategies in lattice QCD in Modern Perspectives in Lattice QCD: Quantum Field Theory and High Performance Computing

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Simulations with the Hybrid Monte Carlo algorithm: implementation and data analysis in Modern Perspectives in Lattice QCD: Quantum Field Theory and High Performance Computing

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Applications of chiral perturbation theory to lattice QCD in Modern Perspectives in Lattice QCD: Quantum Field Theory and High Performance Computing

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