Dr Mehdi Drissi

Research Fellow in Theoretical Nuclear Physics
Ph.D. (Nuclear Physics), M.Sc. (Theoretical Physics), Dipl. Ing.
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Areas of specialism

Many-Body Green's functions; Spontaneous Symmetry-Breaking; Superfluidity; Effective Field Theory; Renormalisation; Neutron stars

My qualifications

Ph.D. (Nuclear Physics)
CEA, Université Paris-Saclay
M.Sc. (Theoretical Physics)
Diplôme d'ingénieur
B.Sc. (Fundamental Physics)
Université Paris-Saclay

In the media

19-25 May 2018
Young researchers' week
Scientific mediator
Palais de la Découverte

My publications


M. Drissi (2018). Renormalization invariance of many-body observables within pionless effective field theory
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The current paradigm to describe the nuclear interaction is within the frame of Chiral Effective Field Theory (Chiral EFT) which organizes contributions to observables in a series of decreasing importance. It happens that the leading contribution already requires to solve exactly the Schrödinger equation with a particular Hamiltonian. The same requirement is at play in pionless EFT which considers only nucleonic degrees of freedom. Such calculations are numerically intractable for A-body observables with A >> 10. One must design an additional expansion and truncation for many-body observables. In this thesis, non-perturbative approximations on the basis self-consistent Green’s function (SCGF) and on many-body perturbation theory (MBPT) are considered together with a pionless EFT. The goal of the present thesis is to investigate, in such framework, the renormalization invariance of many-body observables computed in A-body sectors with A >> 10. Hopefully the lessons learnt can be extended to Chiral EFT. Analysis of numerical calculations realized with a state-of-the-art SCGF code reveals a critical numerical approximation leading to renormalization dependent observables. A necessary fix is proposed and must be implemented before any calculations based on SCGF and EFT in the future. This emphasizes the criticality of numerical approximations for any calculation within a pionless EFT. At the same time, renormalization invariance of observables computed within MBPT is studied formally, opening the path to formulate the renormalization of a wide range of many-body truncation schemes in the future.