Particle physics seeks to understand and describe the physical world at its deepest microscopic level. Precise theoretical calculations are the key to interpreting certain experiments that aim to answer unresolved questions in this field, notably those conducted at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland—the world’s largest and highest-energy particle collider.
As Canada Research Chair in High-Energy Physics, Dr. Simon Caron-Huot is trying to come up with calculation techniques that deal directly with strong interactions, going beyond traditional approximations in a weak coupling. To do this, he and his research team are exploiting the full power of internal consistency conditions that have come to light in recent years. The techniques they are developing harness the power of relativity and quantum mechanics to break difficult quantitative calculations into simpler building blocks. Ultimately, they aim to extend the precision and reach of theoretical predictions to deepen our understanding of nature at the shortest lengths.