iCER Student Highlights: Zhouyou Fan

  • Mar 1, 2019
  • Homepage Hero, News

"Zhouyou Fan is a graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State, concentrating on theoretical high-energy physics. He works under Professor Huey-Wen Lin, whose research specifically involves quantum chromodynamics (QCD), the Standard Model theory describing the interactions of two kinds of fundamental subatomic particles: quarks and gluons. Quarks are the particles that make up the protons and neutrons found in atomic nuclei, and gluons are the force-carrying particles that glue quarks together, producing nuclear force.

Fan studies the internal structure of nucleons using a computational method called lattice QCD. This is basically a computer simulation of a tiny (trillionths of a millimeter) box of 4-dimensional spacetime in which the quarks and gluons interact. In order to perform calculations with lattice QCD, Fan must frequently take advantage of HPCC services for both the large amount of numerical processing needed and to store the data produced."

The link to learn more about Zhouyou Fan's project is below: