Dr. Davide Vadacchino, a theoretical physicist who has recently joined the University of Plymouth, has been invited to give a plenary talk at the international lattice meeting in Bonn Germany. https://indico.hiskp.uni-bonn.de/event/40/
Dr Drach is the PI of this project in collaboration with Swansea University that has just been awarded 43 Million core-hours by the DIRAC consortium (a consortium funded by the STFC). The computing time will allow them to run on two national supercomputing services from April 2022 to March 2023. The project, entitled “Composite Higgs Phenomenology at the LHC”, aims at investigating extensions of the Standard Model of particle physics that feature a Composite Higgs boson using HPC-based simulations.
The DIRAC consortium which provides distributed High Performance Computing (HPC) services to the STFC theory community( https://dirac.ac.uk/ ) granted a team lead by Dr. Vincent Drach 12.5 million core-hours on the Leicester supercomputer (DIaL3 – https://dial3-docs.dirac.ac.uk).
In 2012, the Higgs boson, the missing piece of The Standard Model of Particle Physics, that describes the interactions of all known fundamental particles, was discovered by the CERN experiments at the Large Hadrons Collider (LHC) in Switzerland.While the discovery is a milestone in our understanding of the fundamental laws of Nature, a number of experimental and theoretical issues prove that the model is not complete. Theoretical physicists develop models that solve these puzzles and are then tested by experiments.One interesting possibility that would solve a number of these issues is that the Higgs boson is actually not a fundamental particle but built out of some new particles bounded by a new interaction. The mechanism is borrowed from a well known composite particle : the proton, which turns out to be made of more fundamental particles called quarks bounded by one of the three interactions described by the Standard Model of Particle Physics: the strong interaction. The project entitled : Composite Higgs Phenomenology at the LHC, aims at calculating the properties of the Higgs boson in a composite Higgs scenario and exhibit experimental signatures of these models at the LHC.