Expert group 2, QCD phenomenology, deals with the properties of strongly interacting matter in different environments. The experts use a range of carefully designed methods such as functional approaches, effective theories, renormalisation group methods and many-body techniques to explore strong-interaction physics relevant for the PANDA, CBM and NUSTAR experiments at FAIR. The goals include the description of ordinary and exotic QCD states like light mesons, glueballs and charmonia as well as a precise understanding of the structure and the reactions of baryons. We investigate the properties and phases of strongly interacting matter at high temperatures and/or densities and the experts in this group explore the structure of light and heavy nuclei as well as their reaction properties. In addition the experts study astrophysical applications such as the synthesis of heavy elements in the dynamics of star explosions and the properties of dense stellar objects.
Robert Roth - Leader of Expert Group 2
Robert Roth, Professor for Theoretical Nuclear and Many-Particle Physics at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, is leader of the Expert Group 2 "QCD Phenomenology". Born in 1972, he studied physics in Darmstadt from 1991 to 1997 receiving the Diploma in Physics with distinction in 1997. From 1997 to 2000 he worked in the theory group at GSI and obtained his Doctoral degree with distinction in 2000. Supported by a Research Grant of the DFG he continued his research as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford, UK. In 2002 he was appointed Juniorprofessor for Theoretical Nuclear Physics at the TU Darmstadt. After successful evaluations and external offers her received tenure at the TU Darmstadt in 2008.
His research interests range from theoretical nuclear structure and reaction physics to ultracold atomic gases and computational physics. The focus in on the development and application of innovative ab initio methods for the quantum many-body problem. In the nuclear theory context, he works at the fore-front of ab initio nuclear structure and reaction theory connected to QCD via chiral effective field theory, with direct impact on the experimental nuclear and hypernuclear physics programs within the NUSTAR and PANDA collaborations at FAIR. He has published more than 90 papers. Since 2003 he is PI in the DFG Collaborative Research Center 634 and since 2008 he is PI in HIC for FAIR. He has received teaching awards by the Department of Physics and by the Carlo und Karin Giersch Stiftung at the TU Darmstadt.
Principal Investigators of Expert Group 2
- Prof. Dr. Almudena Arcones (TU Darmstadt)
- Prof. Dr. Jens Braun (TU Darmstadt)
- PD Dr. Michael Buballa (TU Darmstadt)
- Prof. Dr. Dr. Wolfgang Cassing (JLU Gießen)
- Prof. Dr. Christian S. Fischer (JLU Gießen)
- Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Hammer (JLU Gießen)
- Prof. Dr. Horst Lenske (JLU Gießen)
- Prof. Dr. Matthias F. M. Lutz (TU Darmstadt)
- Prof. Dr. Gabriel Martínez-Pinedo (TU Darmstadt)
- Prof. Dr. Dirk Rischke (GU Frankfurt)
- Prof. Dr. Robert Roth (TU Darmstadt)
- Dr. Chihiro Sasaki (FIAS)
- PD Dr. Bernd-Jochen Schaefer (JLU Gießen)
- PD Dr. Jürgen Schaffner-Bielich (GU Frankfurt)
- Prof. Dr. Achim Schwenk (TU Darmstadt)
- PD Dr. Armen Sedrakian (GU Frankfurt)
- PD Dr. Lorenz von Smekal (JLU Gießen, TU Darmstadt)
- Prof. Dr. Jochen Wambach (TU Darmstadt)