The rigorous description of hadrons and nuclei from first principles in quantum chromodynamics.
- The rigorous evaluation of masses and wave functions of hadrons using the light-front Hamiltonian of QCD;
- Hadronic and nuclear phenomenology based on fundamental quark and gluon dynamics;
- Confront and design crucial experimental tests at the new hadron facilities - JLAB, RHIC, LHC, JPARC, GSI(FAIR).
Boost-invariant wave functions which enable the calculation of decay rates, scattering amplitudes, correlations, spin effects, phases, distributions and other hadronic observables from first principles, as well as to illuminate novel QCD effects.
- Symmetry preserving regularization and renormalization methods,
- The incorporation of spontaneous symmetry breaking,
- Explicit evaluation of hadron spectra and amplitudes,
- Connections with string theory methods,
- Connections between quark-gluon and nuclear many-body methods.