Professor Nigel Glover of Durham University and PI of the MC@NNLO project has been awarded the Institute of Physics 2017 John William Strutt, Lord Rayleigh Medal and Prize for pioneering new methods for the application of perturbative quantum chromodynamics to high-energy processes involving energetic jets, leading to sophisticated simulation codes that are being used to describe LHC data.
The strong force is one of the four fundamental forces of nature, and is responsible for the formation of protons and neutrons, and how protons and neutrons bind together to make all of the elements like hydrogen andhelium. It also describes what happens when protons are collided together at very high energy, like at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Sometimes, these collisions create new particles (like the Higgs boson). Being able to predict accurately what should happen in these complicated collisions is crucial for identifying and interpreting the footprints of new physics.
Professor Glover said: "It is a great honour to have received this prize. It is recognition of work done in Durham over the past 25 years, which has helped establish the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology as a world centre for particle physics. Much of this work has been supported by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (formerly the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council) and the European Research Executive Agency."
“I have been really fortunate to have had many excellent students who came to Durham to study particle physics and have become long-time collaborators and lifelong friends."
For more details, see http://www.iop.org/about/awards/subject/theoretical-physics/medallists/page_69681.html