04 July 2013
Researcher from NBI one of the keynote speakers at the Lattice Conference
Joyce C. Myers, a postdoc in the research group Theoretical Particle Physics at the Niels Bohr Institute will be one of the keynote speakers at the large international conference, Lattice 2013 in Mainz, Germany.
The International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory is a conference where 4-500 of the world’s leading researchers in theoretical particle physics gather annually. Everyone would like to give a talk and present his or her research, but the committee selects the most interesting.
There are 8-9 parallel sessions in small rooms ever day at the conference, which takes place from 29 July to 3 August, but only a few researchers of special interest are selected to present to everyone in the main conference hall. Joyce C. Myers from the Niels Bohr Institute has been chosen as one of the 24 keynote speakers at this year’s conference.
A dream becomes reality
“It is truly an honour to be selected as one of the keynote speakers. I submitted a proposal for a short presentation in the parallel sessions. One night I couldn’t sleep because it was so hot, and the wind was blowing loudly through an open window, so I got up and checked my email. When I saw that I had been chosen to be one of the keynote speakers, I thought I was dreaming,” explains Joyce Myers and further notes that such a presentation means that a great deal of interest will be generated for the research and for her personally, it has a huge impact on her future career.
Joyce Myers will present the latest research results in calculations of the relationship between matter and antimatter.
The world as we know it is primarily comprised of matter. Matter is what stars, planets, everything in nature and humans are made of. The universe today is thus dominated by matter. But at the dawn of the universe both matter and antimatter were created in the hot, dense primordial soup.
The previous methods have only been able to make calculations on the primordial soup if there was a balance between matter and antimatter, but in order for the world today to be comprised of matter, there must have been an imbalance between the amount of matter and antimatter from the start. It is this imbalance that the new method, which is based on lattice modelling, can determine purely analytically and explain what happens, depending on the balance between matter and antimatter, as well as the temperature and density during the different phases of the primordial soup.
The new results are a collaboration between Associate Professor Kim Splittorff, postdoc Joyce Myers and Professor Jeff Greensite from San Francisco State University and affiliated with the Niels Bohr Institute.