# Theoretical Particle Physicist Joins MSU

**Alexei Bazavov** recently joined MSU as an assistant professor with joint appointments in the Departments of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering, and Physics and Astronomy. Bazavov is a theoretical particle physicist specializing in the study of strongly coupled theories, in particular, Quantum Chromodynamics. His was recruited to MSU as part of the Global Impact Initiative.

Bazavov’s group primarily focuses on addressing fundamental questions in the physics of strong interactions. The quantum field theory that describes the strong interactions is Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD). Solving QCD is challenging, but can be done with lattice QCD. Lattice QCD is a computational tool that turns the original quantum field theoretical problem into a problem of evaluating integrals of very high dimensionality that are typically computed using Markov Chain Monte Carlo Method.

Prior to joining MSU, Bazavov was a research associate at the University of Arizona (2007-2010), Brookhaven National Laboratory (2010-2013) and held a joint appointment at the University of California, Riverside and the University of Iowa (2013-2016).

**Research Interests**: Quantum field theory, finite-temperature field theory, lattice gauge theory with applications to particle and nuclear physics, parallel algorithms, iterative solvers, molecular dynamics algorithms, inverse problems and Bayesian inference, ultra-cold atomic systems and quantum simulation, and effective field theory.

**Ph.D.:** Florida State University in physics (2007)

**Recent Publications:**

*Polyakov Loop in 2+1 Flavor QCD from Low to High Temperatures*“, Physical Review D 93, no. 11, 114502 (2016), arXiv:1603.06637 [2]A. Bazavov, H.-T. Ding, P. Hegde, O. Kaczmarek, F. Karsch, E. Laermann, S. Mukherjee, H. Ohno, P. Petreczky, C. Schmidt, S. Sharma, W. Soeldner, M. Wagner, “

*Curvature of the Freeze-out Line in Heavy Ion Collisions*“, Physical Review D 93, no. 1, 014512 (2016), arXiv:1509.05786

See a full list of papers and publications here.

**Teaching Assignment:** FS16: CMSE 801 – Introduction to Computational Modeling

**Contact:** bazavov@msu.edu

*Valerie Osowski, College of Natural Science*