# Category Archives: Physics

## Lattice QCD calculations of the hadronic corrections to the anamalous magnetic moment of the muon.

There has been a long standing tension between the experimentally measured anamalous magnetic moment of the muon and the theoretical prediction from the standard model of particle physics. It could

## Signatures of strongly coupled extensions of the Standard Model

The so-called lattice approach   is a very successful first principle method that allows to  solve Gauge Theories. Calculations resort to large scale simulations and are typically run on the

## Divergent Series

This project is for a student who finds the following result shocking but intriguing: 1 + 2 + 3 + . . . = -1/12 This looks wrong in so

## Scaling

Scaling is an interesting and powerful approach to mathematics. There are many introductory applications ranging from predicting how the period of a pendulum depends on its length to why almost

## Classical Mechanics as a Field Theory

In 2013, a team of university physicists, speaking on behalf of the German Physical Society, criticised the adoption of the Karlsruhe Physics Course (KPK) at some grammar schools in South

## Charge Dynamics in Electromagnetic Fields

In strong electromagnetic fields the Lorentz force experienced by charges can become so large that the charge motion becomes relativistic. Newton’s equation of motion, F = ma, thus has to

## Hybrid mesons from a potential model

The elementary particle called quarks combine together to form mesons. For heavy quarks the masses of the mesons can be obtained by numerically solving Schrodinger’s equation (from quantum mechanics) with

## Avalanches

An avalanche is an example of a system displaying “self-organisation”. On a clear day, the great mass of snow on a mountain may appear to be in equilibrium, but the

## Fireflies

Fireflies provide an example from nature of the phenomenon of synchronisation. When one firefly flashes near another, it can cause another to match the frequency of its flashing. Using analytical

## Shock waves: Burgers’ Equation

Shock waves occur throughout nature: in fluids, gases and plasmas. A classic example is the “sonic boom” produced around an aircraft when it exceeds the speed of sound. This project