Structure of Nucleon Excited States from Lattice QCD

  • Finn M. Stokes

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Finn M. Stokes
    Pages 1-3
  3. Finn M. Stokes
    Pages 5-42
  4. Finn M. Stokes
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  5. Finn M. Stokes
    Pages 69-87
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  8. Finn M. Stokes
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 169-237

About this book


Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) describes the interactions between elementary quarks and gluons as they compose the nucleons at the heart of atomic structure.  The interactions give rise to complexity that can only be examined via numerical simulations on supercomputers. This work provides an introduction to the numerical simulations of lattice QCD and establishes new formalisms relevant to understanding the structure of nucleons and their excited states. 

The research opens with an examination of the non-trivial QCD vacuum and the emergence of “centre domains.”  The focus then turns to establishing a novel Parity-Expanded Variational Analysis (PEVA) technique solving the important problem of isolating baryon states moving with finite momentum.  This seminal work provides a foundation for future calculations of baryon properties.  Implementation of the PEVA formalism discloses important systematic errors in conventional calculations and reveals the structure of nucleon excited states from the first principles of QCD for the first time.


Lattice QCD Centre Domains Parity-Expanded Variational Analysis Correlation Matrix Electromagnetic form Factors Baryon physics non-trivial QCD vacuum Calculation of Baryon properties QCD simulations

Authors and affiliations

  • Finn M. Stokes
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for the Subatomic Structure of Matter, Department of PhysicsThe University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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