School on quark-gluon matter physics

From 16 to 20 November 2023, the Autumn School on the physics of quark-gluon matter was held at JINR. The event was attended by 30 students from universities in Moscow, Tomsk, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, and Voronezh.

The School was organised by the University Centre and the JINR basic department in MIPT “Fundamental and applied problems of microworld physics”. The event was attended by 1st-4th year students from MIPT, MSU, MEPhI, MSTU (Moscow), TSU (Tomsk), St. Petersburg State University (St. Petersburg), NSTU (Novosibirsk) and VSU (Voronezh), interested in particle physics.

The School on the quark-gluon matter physics was held in Dubna for the second time, and one of its main goals was to interest future scientists in the science that is being done at JINR, to show the scientific prospects of participation in experiments of studying the fundamental principles of quantum chromodynamics at the NICA complex, which are being prepared for the imminent launch by a large international team of MPD (Multi Purpose Detector), SPD (Spin Physics Detector) collaborations, and which are already underway at the BM@N (Baryonic Matter at Nuclotron) setup.

The School was opened by an introductory lecture by the Director of the Laboratory of Theoretical Physics named after. N.N. Bogolyubov, Head of the basic department, the Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor Dmitry Igorevich Kazakov. Leading JINR experts delivered a series of thematic lectures covering a number of areas:

• Introduction to particle physics.

• Methods and approaches of modern experimentation in high energy physics. Experimental technologies: accelerators, detectors and computing.

• Theoretical picture of the microworld from the foundations of quantum mechanics to the features of the strong nuclear interaction. Standard model.

• General review of current research on quark-gluon matter physics. Experiments at the NICA collider.

As part of the School, participants got acquainted with the activities of the Joint Institute, its structure and history, visited the NICA accelerator complex and the multifunctional information and computing complex of JINR.

D.I. Kazakov took part in the closing ceremony of the School, where he gave farewell words to future scientists, expressed hope for new meetings and presented certificates to the participants.