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My recent research focuses on high-energy theory, in particular, the non-perturbative QCD, hadron structure and computational physics. You can check out my published work, recent talks and developements.

Here are some information for beginners.

Physical background

hera_proton.jpeg The quantum chromodynamics (QCD) describes the interactions between quarks and gluons. It is strong coupling at low-enegy scale, which leads to remarkable non-perturbative physics, e.g. confinement and chiral symmetry breaking.企业微信截图_16282178057253.png

 The non-perturbative calculation of QCD is one of the most formidable challenges in physics. It is also the key to answer some of the fundamental questions in Nuclear Physics, such as how the quarks and gluons are binding together, and how the nuclear forces are formed to bind the nucleons. The non-perturbative properties of hadrons is also the focii of some present and forthcoming high-energy experiments, such as the 12 GeV upgrade of CEBAF at Jefferson Lab, the electron-ion collider (eRHIC) at Brookheaven National Lab, both in United States, the LHCb & ALICE experiments at CERN in Europe, the electron ion collider of China (EicC) at HIAF in Huizhou, the BESIII experiment at BEPC in Beijing, as well as the Belle II experiment at KEK in Japan.


The Hamiltonian formalism is one of the fundamental theoretical frameworks of quantum theory and is widely used in physics. This formulation is non-perturbative and provides access to information at the amplitude level as well as the real-time evolution information, through the Schrödinger equation. The Hamiltonian formalism has been a standard tool in addressing strong coupling quantum many-body systems, such as the nuclei, atoms as well as the molecules. 企业微信截图_16282178291993.pngfront-form.png The light-front dynamics, proposed by Paul Dirac, exploits dynamical evolution in the light-front time. It brings several dramatic simplification to the relativistic dynamics. Thus the light-front Hamiltonian formalism is a natural framework for describing hadrons as relativistic bound states. It is non-perturbative and provides direct access to the hadronic observables in Richard Feynman's parton picture, one of the modern pillars in high-energy scattering experiments.

Recent advances in computational sciences (including quantum computing) provide opportunities to compute the non-perturbative solutions of QCD from first principles. Of course, the unique challenges posed by QCD require significant efforts in both the computational front and the physical front, separately and joinly, which are what I try to address in my research.

Basis light-front quantization

holography.png Basis light-front quantization (BLFQ) is a numerical framework to solve light-front QCD as quantum many-body problems. It is inspired by the recent development in ab initio nuclear structure calculations. BLFQ is designed to preserve all kinematically symmetries of the Hamiltonian and exploits the sparse matrix technologies to accelerate the quantum many-body calculations.企业微信截图_16282178528672.png

Ps.png The starting point of BLFQ is an effective Hamiltonian defined in a designated model space. To obtain the effective Hamiltonian, one can start from the canonical QCD Hamiltonian at high-energy scales and obtain the bound-state effective Hamiltonian from the Hamiltonian renormalization group method, as is demonstrated in quantum electrodynamics (QED).

Alternatively, one can employ phenomenological effective interactions at low-energy scale. We proposed a model based on confining interactions from light-front holography and a one-gluon exchange interaction. We use the model to investigate the meson spectroscopy. The obtained light-front wave functions can be used to access hadronic observables and parton distributions.


Fock sector dependent renormalization

EOM.png Non-perturbative renormalization is one of the fundamental challenges in quantum field theory (QFT) at strong coupling. The challenge is amplified in the Hamiltonian formulation of QFT, as explicit covariance is lost there. Remarkably, cluster decomposition still holds in light-front dynamics, even though all diagrams are strictly light-front time ordered. This fact is exploited in the Fock sector dependent renormalization (FSDR) to enable non-perturbative renormalization in light-front field theories with systematic Fock sector truncations. FSDR has been successfully applied to (3+1)d QFTs, including scalar Yukawa theory, Yukawa theory and QED, with exact cancellations of ultraviolet divergences. The scalar Yukawa theory in particular is computed up to a Fock sector of 3 dressing particles and a good Fock sector convergence is  achieved for form factors.

Other interests

  • QCD at finite temperature

  • Quantum many-body theory & quantum computing

  • Low-energy nuclear physics

  • Advanced algorithms in computational physics

  • Foundations of quantum mechanics

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