• Apoorva Patel

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    • Recent developments in lattice QCD

      Apoorva Patel

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      I review the current status of several lattice QCD results. I concentrate on new analytical developments and on numerical results relevant to phenomenology.

    • Constraints on ms and ε′/ε from lattice quantum chromodynamics

      Apoorva Patel

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      Results for light quark masses obtained from lattice QCD simulations are compared and contrasted with other determinations. Relevance of these results to estimates of ε′/ε is discussed.

    • Quantum algorithms and the genetic code

      Apoorva Patel

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      Replication of DNA and synthesis of proteins are studied from the view-point of quantum database search. Identification of a base-pairing with a quantum query gives a natural (and first ever!) explanation of why living organisms have 4 nucleotide bases and 20 amino acids. It is amazing that these numbers arise as solutions to an optimisation problem. Components of the DNA structure which implement Grover’s algorithm are identified, and a physical scenario is presented for the execution of the quantum algorithm. It is proposed that enzymes play a crucial role in maintaining quantum coherence of the process. Experimental tests that can verify this scenario are pointed out.

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