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Since the beginning of the study of particle physics, experimental and theoretical approaches have complemented each other. Advanced computing has become an important part of both approaches.

Quantum chromodynamics, or QCD, is the theory of the strong interaction between quarks and gluons. Lattice QCD uses supercomputers to study the interactions of quarks, and determine more precisely several parameters of the Standard Model.

Carleton DeTar and Steven Gottlieb, two of the leading contemporary scholars of QCD research, are using Frontera at TACC to explore ‘tantalizing hints' of new physics in discrepancies between experimental and theoretical results.

Among the problems they are exploring are the ‘anomalous magnetic moment of the muon' and measurements of the decay of B mesons.


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