Mass generation and low energy effective description of QCD

01 October 2007 → 30 September 2011
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Applied mathematics in specific fields
    • Astronomy and space sciences
    • Classical physics
    • Elementary particle and high energy physics
    • Materials physics
    • Mathematical physics
    • Quantum physics
elementary particle physics quantum field theory gauge theories
Project description

Quantum chromodynamics (QCD) is a Young-Mills gauge theory that describes the strong color interaction. At high energies, the coupling constant is small due to the asymptotic freedom, hence perturbation theory applies. At lower energies, non-perturbative effects can enter the game, e.g. condensates (nonvanishing vacuum expectation values). The proposed research plans to investigates such non-perturbative effects in an analytical way.