INT 20r-2c Highlights Report

   INT 20r-2c Highlights Report

Accessing and Understanding the QCD Spectra

March 20 - 24, 2023

R. Briceño, G. Eichmann, & A. Pilloni
20r-2c Highlights Fig. 1

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 workshop “Accessing and Understanding the QCD Spectra” was the continuation of the previously held virtual INT program of the same name. This program 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 workshop 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. In the 2 years since the virtual program, the field has gone through substantial progress. Notable examples include: the first QCD calculation of a resonant scattering amplitude with exotic quantum numbers, the first three-body scattering amplitude determined via lattice QCD, and first explorations of machine learning in amplitude analysis. Furthermore, there have been several proposals for future experimental investigations.


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