The IRTG is aiming at promoting excellence among young scientists through a structured educational program which leads to a doctorate within three years' time in a high level research environment. The curriculum ensures that during this time the graduate students gain detailed insight into their field of research and at the same time can broaden their knowledge on related research topics.
The complementarity of analytic and numerical approaches explored by members of the IRTG on one hand, and the different focus put on vacuum and thermal properties of strongly interacting matter on the other, provide the basis for the educational goals of the IRTG. The doctoral students receive training on and perform research with:
- advanced programming techniques and algorithms developed for dedicated parallel computers to explore non-perturbative aspects of lattice regularized quantum field theories
- modern field theoretic concepts, resummation and variational techniques developed to incorporate non-perturbative aspects of quantum field theories in analytic calculations
- analytic as well as numerical renormalization group techniques developed to explore universal properties that arise from the collective behaviour of elementary particles.
Physical knowledge and technical know-how is communicated through an educational program whose characteristic features are
- participation in research on current topics in Thermal Field Theory, Lattice Gauge Theory, Heavy Ion Physics and Cosmology;
- lectures and seminars on these and related topics given by members of the IRTG and invited lecturers;
- compact block courses;
- common workshops and schools;
- a coordinated student exchange program;
- a visitor program with internationally well-known colleagues as lecturers and seminar speakers to ensure that the students get - at home - in touch with the international research community at an early stage of their scientific career;
- possibilities to attend international conferences and schools where the students face the international research community and have to present and defend their research work at a later stage of their PhD phase.