Professor Antonio Rago
Profiles

Professor Antonio Rago

Professor of Theoretical Physics

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Antonio can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Particle physics
  • Lattice gauge theories
  • Computational physics
  • Theoretical physics
  • Standard model
  • Statistical mathematics
Biography

Biography

Associate Professor (Reader) in Theoretical Physics

Qualifications

2015–Present Plymouth University, Associate Professor (Reader)

2011–2015 Plymouth University, Lecturer

2009–2011 Wuppertal University, Germany, Postdoc

2007–2009 Swansea University, UK, Postdoc

2003–2007 University of Milano, Italy, Postdoc

2003 University of Torino, Italy, Postdoc

Professional membership

Member of the UKQCD collaboration:

The purpose of the UKQCD Collaboration is to procure and jointly exploit computing facilities for lattice field theory calculations whose primary aim is to increase the predictive power of the Standard Model of elementary particle interactions through numerical simulation of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD).

Teaching

Teaching

Teaching interests

My Specialist Subjects are:
Particle Physics, Lattice Gauge Theories, Critical Phenomena, Statistical Mechanics.


My Courses:
Vector Calculus and its applications (MATH2502)
Engineering Mathematics (MATH256)
Electrodynamics and Relativity (MATH3509)

Research

Research

Research interests

My research achievements have covered different topics in the contest of lattice gauge theories:
  • Beyond the Standard Model Physics.
  • Lattice Gauge Theories coupled to matter and string breaking.
  • Confinement, k-string fluctuations and large N expansion.
  • Perturbative aspects of QCD in the framework of Lattice regularisation. 
  • Perturbed Conformal Field Theories in d = 2.

Publications

Publications

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Albini E, Baroni P, Rago A & Toni F (2021) 'Interpreting and explaining pagerank through argumentation semantics' Intelligenza Artificiale 15, (1) 17-34 , DOI
Cossu G, Lancaster D, Lucini B, Pellegrini R & Rago A (2021) 'Ergodic sampling of the topological charge using the density of states' The European Physical Journal C 81, (4) , DOI Open access
Francis A, Fritzsch P, Lüscher M & Rago A (2020) 'Master-field simulations of O(a)-improved lattice QCD: Algorithms, stability and exactness' Computer Physics Communications 0-0 , DOI Open access
Francesconi O, Holzmann M, Lucini B & Rago A (2020) 'Free energy of the self-interacting relativistic lattice Bose gas at finite density' Physical Review D 101, (1) , DOI Open access
Francesconi O, Holzmann M, Lucini B, Rago A & Rantaharju J (2019) 'Computing general observables in lattice models with complex actions' Proceedings of Science 363, Open access
Cossu G, Lucini B, Pellegrini R & Rago A (2018) 'Ergodicity of the LLR method for the Density of States' EPJ Web of Conferences 175, 02005-02005 , DOI Open access
Rago A (2018) 'Lattice QCD on new chips: a community summary' EPJ Web of Conferences 175, 01021-01021 , DOI Open access
Lucini B, Francesconi O, Holzmann M & Rago A (2018) 'The density of states approach to the sign problem' Proceedings of Science 336, Open access
Ehret S, Capponi F, Del Debbio L, Pellegrini R, Portelli A & Rago A (2017) 'Renormalisation of the scalar energy-momentum tensor with the Wilson flow' Proceedings of 34th annual International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory — PoS(LATTICE2016) , DOI Open access
Ehret S, Capponi F, Rago A, Del Debbio L & Pellegrini R (2016) 'Renormalisation of the energy-momentum tensor in scalar field theory using the Wilson flow' Proceedings of The 33rd International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory — PoS(LATTICE 2015) , DOI Open access
Bennett E, Lucini B, Del Debbio L, Jordan K, Patella A, Pica C & Rago A (2016) 'BSMBench: A flexible and scalable HPC benchmark from beyond the standard model physics' 2016 International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation (HPCS) , DOI Open access
Langfeld K, Lucini B, Pellegrini R & Rago A (2016) 'An efficient algorithm for numerical computations of continuous densities of states' The European Physical Journal C 76, (6) , DOI Open access
Del Debbio L, Lucini B, Patella A, Pica C & Rago A (2016) 'Large volumes and spectroscopy of walking theories' Physical Review D 93, (5) , DOI Open access
Capponi F, Debbio LD, Patella A & Rago A (2015) 'Renormalization constants of the lattice energy momentum tensor using the gradient flow' Author Site Open access
Langfeld K, Lucini B, Rago A, Pellegrini R & Bongiovanni L (2015) 'The density of states approach for the simulation of finite density quantum field theories' Journal of Physics: Conference Series 631, 012063-012063 , DOI Open access
Gliozzi F, Liendo P, Meineri M & Rago A (2015) 'Boundary and interface CFTs from the conformal bootstrap' Journal of High Energy Physics 2015, (5) , DOI Open access
Gliozzi F & Rago A (2014) 'Critical exponents of the 3d Ising and related models from conformal bootstrap' JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS (10) Author Site , DOI Open access
Pellegrini R, Langfeld K, Lucini B & Rago A (2014) 'The density of states from first principles'
Langfeld K, Pawlowski J, Lucini B, Rago A & Pellegrini R (2014) 'Towards a density of states approach for dense matter systems' PoS LATTICE2013, 198-198
Lucini B, Patella A, Rago A & Rinaldi E (2013) 'Infrared conformality and bulk critical points: SU(2) with heavy adjoint quarks' JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS (11) Author Site , DOI Open access
Debbio LD, Patella A & Rago A (2013) 'Space-time symmetries and the Yang-Mills gradient flow' Author Site Publisher Site Open access
Del Debbio L, Lucini B, Pica C, Patella A, Rago A & Roman S (2013) 'Large-volume results in SU(2) with adjoint fermions' Proceedings of Science 29-July-2013, Open access
Rinaldi E, Lacagnina G, Lucini B, Patella A & Rago A (2012) 'Scaling properties of SU(2) gauge theory with mixed fundamental-adjoint action' PoS(Lattice 2012)252 Author Site
Langfeld K, Lucini B & Rago A (2012) 'The density of states in gauge theories' Physical Review Letters 109, (11)
Gregory E, Irving A, Lucini B, McNeile C, Rago A, Richards C & Rinaldi E (2012) 'Towards the glueball spectrum from unquenched lattice QCD' JHEP 10, Author Site Publisher Site
Langfeld K, Lucini B & Rago A (2012) 'The density of states in gauge theories' Phys.Rev.Lett. 109, Author Site Publisher Site Open access
Lucini B, Rago A & Rinaldi E (2012) 'SU(N_c) gauge theories at deconfinement' Phys. Lett. B 712, 279-283 Author Site Publisher Site
Debbio LD, Lucini B, Patella A, Pica C & Rago A (2011) 'Finite volume effects in SU(2) with two adjoint fermions' Author Site
Knechtli F & Rago A (2011) 'Dimensional reduction from five-dimensional gauge theories' Author Site
Knechtli F, Luz M & Rago A (2011) 'On the phase structure of five-dimensional SU(2) gauge theories with anisotropic couplings' Author Site Publisher Site
Bursa F, Debbio LD, Henty D, Kerrane E, Lucini B, Patella A, Pica C, Pickup T & Rago A (2011) 'Improved Lattice Spectroscopy of Minimal Walking Technicolor' Phys.Rev.D 84, Author Site Publisher Site
Debbio LD, Lucini B, Patella A, Pica C & Rago A (2010) 'Confining vs. conformal scenario for SU(2) with adjoint fermions. Gluonic observables' PoS Lattice 2010, Author Site
Kerrane E, Debbio LD, Pica C, Rago A, Patella A, Lucini B, Bursa F, Pickup T & Henty D (2010) 'Improved Spectroscopy of Minimal Walking Technicolor' PoS LAT 2010, Author Site
Knechtli F, Irges N & Rago A (2010) 'Dimensional reduction and confinement from five dimensions' PoS Lattice 2010, Author Site
Lucini B, Moraitis G, Patella A & Rago A (2010) 'Orientifold Planar Equivalence: The Quenched Meson Spectrum' PoS Lattice 2010, Author Site
Lucini B, Rago A & Rinaldi E (2010) 'The glueball spectrum at large N' PoS(Lattice 2010)284 Author Site
Lucini B, Moraitis G, Patella A & Rago A (2010) 'A numerical investigation of orientifold planar equivalence for quenched mesons' Phys.Rev.D 82, Author Site Publisher Site
Lucini B, Rago A & Rinaldi E (2010) 'Glueball masses in the large N limit' Journal of High Energy Physics 2010, Author Site Publisher Site , DOI
Debbio LD, Lucini B, Patella A, Pica C & Rago A (2010) 'Infrared dynamics of Minimal Walking Technicolor' Physical Review D 82, (1) Author Site Publisher Site , DOI
Debbio LD, Lucini B, Patella A, Pica C & Rago A (2010) 'Mesonic spectroscopy of Minimal Walking Technicolor' Physical Review D 82, (1) Author Site Publisher Site , DOI
Nunez C, Piai M & Rago A (2010) 'Wilson Loops in string duals of Walking and Flavored Systems' Physical Review D 81, (8) Author Site Publisher Site , DOI
Debbio LD, Lucini B, Patella A, Pica C & Rago A (2009) 'Conformal vs confining scenario in SU(2) with adjoint fermions' Phys.Rev.D80:074507,2009 80, (7) Author Site Publisher Site , DOI
Debbio LD, Lucini B, Patella A, Pica C & Rago A (2009) 'Conformal vs confining scenario in SU(2) with adjoint fermions' Phys.Rev.D80:074507,2009 80, (7) Author Site Publisher Site , DOI
Pica C, Debbio LD, Lucini B, Patella A & Rago A (2009) 'Technicolor on the Lattice' Author Site
Debbio LD, Lucini B, Patella A, Pica C & Rago A (2009) 'Conformal vs confining scenario in SU(2) with adjoint fermions' Phys.Rev.D 80, Author Site Publisher Site
Chakrabarti D, Hands S & Rago A (2009) 'Topological Aspects of Fermions on a Honeycomb Lattice' JHEP 0906, Author Site Publisher Site
Gliozzi F, Lottini S, Panero M & Rago A (2005) 'Random percolation as a gauge theory' Nucl.Phys.B 719, 255-274 Author Site Publisher Site
Gliozzi F & Rago A (2004) 'Overlap of the Wilson loop with the broken-string state' Nucl.Phys. B 714, 91-102 Author Site Publisher Site
Caselle M, Pepe M & Rago A (2004) 'Static quark potential and effective string corrections in the (2+ 1)-d SU(2) Yang-Mills theory' Journal of High Energy Physics 8, (10) 79-103 , DOI
Caselle M, Grinza P & Rago A (2004) 'Amplitude ratios for the mass spectrum of the 2d Ising model in the high-T, H \neq 0 phase' J.Stat.Mech. 0410, Author Site Publisher Site
Caselle M, Pepe M & Rago A (2004) 'Static quark potential and effective string corrections in the (2+1)-d SU(2) Yang-Mills theory' JHEP 0410, Author Site Publisher Site
Caselle M, Pepe M & Rago A (2003) 'String effects in SU(2) lattice gauge theory' Author Site Publisher Site
Gliozzi F, Panero M & Rago A (2003) 'Confinement-deconfinement and universal string effects from random percolation' Author Site Publisher Site
Grinza P & Rago A (2002) 'Finite temperature results on the 2d Ising model with mixed perturbation' Published in J. Phys. A 37, L4701-L4708 Author Site Publisher Site
Grinza P & Rago A (2002) 'Study of the 2d Ising Model with mixed perturbation' Nucl.Phys.B 651, 387-412 Author Site Publisher Site
Gliozzi F & Rago A (2002) 'Monopole clusters, center vortices, and confinement in a Z(2) gauge-Higgs system' Phys.Rev. D 66, Author Site Publisher Site
Caracciolo S, Pelissetto A & Rago A (2001) 'Two-loop critical mass for Wilson fermions' Phys.Rev. D 64, Author Site Publisher Site
Conference Papers
Dejl A, He P, Mangal P, Mohsin H, Surdu B, Voinea E, Albini E, Lertvittayakumjorn P, Rago A & Toni F (2021) 'Argflow: A toolkit for deep argumentative explanations for neural networks' 1749-1751
Albini E, Baroni P, Rago A & Toni F (2020) 'PageRank as an Argumentation Semantics' 55-66 , DOI
Rago A, Cocarascu O, Bechlivanidis C & Toni F (2020) 'Argumentation as a framework for interactive explanations for recommendations' 803-813
Francesconi O, Holzmann M, Lucini B & Rago A (2020) 'Density of State Method for Complex Action Systems' Jagiellonian University 121-121 , DOI Open access
Cocarascu O, Rago A & Toni F (2020) 'Explanation via Machine Arguing' Springer International Publishing 53-84 , DOI
Albini E, Rago A, Baroni P & Toni F (2020) 'Relation-based counterfactual explanations for Bayesian network classifiers' 451-457
Bennett E, Lucini B, Del Debbi L, Jordan K, Patella A, Pica C & Rago A (2016) 'BSMBench: A Flexible and Scalable HPC Benchmark from Beyond the Standard Model Physics' 834-839 Open access
Pellegrini R, Lucini B, Rago A & Vadacchino D (2016) 'Computing the density of states with the global Hybrid Monte Carlo' Open access
Lucini B, Mcneile C & Rago A (2015) 'Investigating some technical improvements to glueball calculations' Open access
Pellegrini R, Bongiovanni L, Langfeld K, Lucini B & Rago A (2015) 'The density of states approach at finite chemical potential: A numerical study of the Bose gas' Open access
Patella A, Del Debbio L & Rago A (2013) 'Poincaré symmetries and the yang-mills gradient flow'
Pica C, Del Debbio L, Lucini B, Patella A & Rago A (2010) 'Confining vs. Conformal scenario for SU(2) with 2 adjoint fermions. Mesonic spectrum'
Gliozzi F, Panero M & Rago A (2004) 'Confinement-deconfinement and universal string effects from random percolation' 736-738 , DOI
Caselle M, Pepe M & Rago A (2004) 'String effects in SU(2) lattice gauge theory' 721-723 , DOI
Genovese L, Gliozzi F, Rago A & Torrero C (2002) 'The phase diagram of the three-dimensional Z2 gauge Higgs system at zero and finite temperature' Publisher Site
Caracciolo S, Pelissetto A & Rago A (2001) 'High-accuracy two-loop computation of the critical mass for Wilson fermions' 835-837
Gliozzi F & Rago A (2001) 'String breaking mechanisms induced by magnetic and electric condensates' 682-684
Personal

Personal

Reports & invited lectures

A selection of the talks and invited lectures I have given in the last few years:

(July 2014) Geneve CERN Conceptual advances in lattice gauge theory (LGT14) “Renormalization of the energy-momentum tensor with the Wilson flow”

(May 2014) Southampton “Critical exponents for the 3d Ising model from conformalbootstrap”

(Sept 2013) Plymouth GRAPHENE Theory Meets Experiments “Lattice and Graphene”Glasgow UKQCD Meeting “Could the Higgs be a composite particle? Investigation on the lattice of a BSM extension.” 

(Sept 2012) Swansea Strong and Electroweak Matter “Non perturbative Investigationof conformality in SU(2) with two adjoint fermions.” 

Conferences organised

June 2007 “XXIX Theoretical Physics Workshop” Cortona.

June 2006 “XXVIII Theoretical Physics Workshop” Cortona.