20-2c Highlights

  INT 20-2c Highlights Report

Accessing and Understanding the QCD Spectra

August 17 - September 4, 2020

R. Briceno, G. Eichmann, A. Pilloni


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Even though QCD is the underlying theory of nuclear interactions, its direct connection with various nuclear phenomena remains unclear. The fundamental questions about the role of the quark-gluon dynamics, confinement and the generation of mass remain qualitative at best. The vast majority of hadrons are unstable and in experimental measurements appear indirectly via complicated distributions of decay products. This poses substantial challenges in interpreting the experimental data and analyzing the spectrum of QCD experimentally as well as theoretically. In recent years new high-quality data from experimental facilities, together with rapid developments in ab-initio theoretical applications, have enabled us to address the most formidable questions regarding the formation of QCD bound states.

The program “Accessing and Understanding the QCD Spectra” was the first INT program completely dedicated to QCD spectroscopy. It emerged from the need to review recent progress made in the determination and interpretation of the QCD spectrum, based on the results from experimental searches at Jefferson Lab (GlueX and CLAS 12), BES-III, Belle-II, COMPASS, LHCb and other facilities, as well as novel developments in theory using lattice QCD, amplitude analyses, quark models, effective theories, functional methods and dispersion theory. The program brought together practitioners from these various research areas to discuss recent developments in the field and identify the major questions that can be answered in the near future. A substantial part of the program was dedicated to the spectroscopy of exotics such as tetraquark and pentaquark states as well as three-hadron scattering. The detailed discussions on the current status and achievements have established the basis for further collaborative research towards shaping the future of hadron spectroscopy.


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