Special Research Centre
for the Subatomic Structure of Matter
The Special Research Centre for the Subatomic Structure of Matter carries out research activities at the forefront of the fields of theoretical nuclear and particle physics, with a special emphasis on the strong interactions and their importance in determining the nature of matter.
The strong interactions are described by the quantum field theory - Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) - which governs the interactions between quarks and gluons, the fundamental particles which are at the heart of matter.
At the Centre, we are working to elucidate further the behaviour of the microscopic world through a variety of complementary techniques, including:
- numerical simulations of fundamental quantum theories (such as QCD);
- through effective field theory calculations; and
- by building models that capture the essential degrees of freedom in complex systems (such as the quark-meson coupling model).