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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

Modeling Heavy Quarkonia

Quarks are one of the fundamental constituents of matter. One of the ways quarks can combine together is in a two body system called a quarkonium. Quarkonia are the simplest way to observe quarks since they cannot be observed in isolation. Studying quarkonia can provide insight into the interaction of quarks and the structure of nuclear matter. Heavy quarkonium can be modeled straight forwardly using a combination of variational and perturbative techniques. In this year-long research project, the researcher used a FORTRAN code (written by Dr. Stanley Radford, et al) which calculates the energy levels of the bottom anti-bottom quarkonium. The researcher used this program to investigate the various energy levels of this system and the interactions that give rise to them.

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Presenter: Leighann Larkin (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Physics
Location: Seymour Union Main Lounge
Time: 1:15 pm Session III