Dale's blog

Statistical mechanics, complex systems and econophysics

My field of research is Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics, in which the dynamics of quarks and gluons are simulated. These particles make up nucleons, protons and neutrons, which in combination with electrons form atoms. This simulation uses techniques from the field of statistical mechanics, which is used to describe the behaviour of systems with many components, to obtain quantitative results such as the masses of said nucleons, through the connection between the averaging over a statistical ensemble and the integration of Feynman's path integrals.