Lattice Quantum Field Theory: Numerical Integration in an Infinite Number of Dimensions

By: Professor Anthony David Kennedy

From: The University of Edinburgh

Abstract: Relativistic Quantum Field Theory (QFT) is the formalism upon which the Standard Model of particle physics is built, and it is remarkably successful and accurate. When the interactions are weak then the techniques of renormalized perturbation theory using Feynman diagrams works beautifully, but when the interactions are strong we have to turn to numerical evaluation of the functional integrals that define the quantum theory. The only way we know of to evaluate such infinite-dimensional integrals is to use Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) techniques. I shall attempt to give an overview of the functional integral formalism of QFT, and how MCMC integration works. If time permits I will discuss how fermions (half-integer spin) are dealt with, and maybe introduce the Hybrid (or Hamiltonian) Monte Carlo algorithm.

Room: Sala de ConferĂȘncias

Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 14:00