Asymptotic Freedom: the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics - What is it and why is it so significant?
Department of Physics
University of Connecticut
The 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics was just awarded last week to David Gross, Dave Politzer and Frank Wilczek for their discovery of "asymptotic freedom" in the theory of the strong interactions between quarks, the fundamental constituents making up subatomic particles such as protons and neutrons. In this talk I give a very basic review of this discovery and try to explain why it is one of the most significant theoretical discoveries of modern physics. The talk is aimed specifically at non-specialists with no background in QCD or quantum field theory. I will give a historical review in order to put this discovery in perspective and then give a brief physical description of their actual discovery, with a minimum of technical details.
Monday, October 18, 2004
Gant Science Complex