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Project description

Overcoming the challenges of describing strong interactions of matter

Four fundamental forces rule the interactions of matter in our universe, three of which are described by the Standard Model of particle physics. Among them is the strong force, responsible for the clustering of quarks into protons and neutrons as well as for all interactions of any particles containing quarks. Quantum chromodynamics (QCD), the quantum field theory discovered in the early 1970s that describes the strong force, is one of the bases for the Standard Model. With the support of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, the EuroPLEx project will create an innovative training network to enhance theoretical understanding of strongly interacting matter beyond its current limits – and potentially beyond the Standard Model – with numerical simulations of theories including QCD.


EuroPLEx will provide a stimulating and fertile environment to train a new generation of researchers in Theoretical Particle Physics, equipped with all the analytical and computational skills that are distinctive of the field of Lattice QCD. The main core of EuroPLEx research aims at a deeper understanding of strongly interacting matter. This will be pursued by numerical simulations of the underlying fundamental theories, including mainly (but not only) QCD.

EuroPLEx will enable a solid comparison of forthcoming experimental results from high-energy experiments (e.g. those of LHC Run-2 at CERN) to our best theoretical understanding. Precision tests of the Standard Model will mark the perimeter of what our current theoretical understanding can describe, as opposed to what hints at New Physics. Moreover, EuroPLEx will also directly tackle the study of Beyond the Standard Model candidate theories.

EuroPLEx will confront the theoretical and computational challenges of describing matter under the extreme conditions of high temperature and density, aiming at a picture of the so far elusive QCD phase diagram.

Finally, EuroPLEx will explore subjects at the interface between non-perturbative Quantum Field Theory and theoretical scenarios like those put forward by Resurgence or String Theory, interacting with theorists interested in the amazing capabilities of lattice field theories as a theoretical laboratory.

ESRs hired in EuroPLEx will be part of research projects in which advanced theoretical physics meets algorithmic studies and hardware-aware software developments. Research and training capabilities are strengthened by partners from both experimental physics and industry. EuroPLEx training will benefit from collaborating with partners in many respects, building on solid experience in hardware codesign, software innovation, massive data treatment and Data Science, all ubiquitous outside academia in any kind of consulting, modelling and most fields of IT industry.


Net EU contribution
€ 522 999,36
43121 PARMA

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Nord-Est Emilia-Romagna Parma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 522 999,36

Participants (8)

Partners (12)