José Rodríguez Quintero

Vicerrector UHU. Investigación y Transferencia

I obtained my PhD. degree at the University of Sevilla in 1997, with a thesis dissertation about the “fermion propagation in a first-order electroweak phase transition”. Immediately after, my research interest moved to the Strong interactions and I began a collaboration with the Lattice QCD group in Orsay (Laboratoire de Physique Théorique, CNRS, Paris) where, granted by the Ramón Areces foundation, I pursued my training at the post-doctoral level until December 1999; when I was appointed to a tenure-track position in the University of Huelva (Spain). I served there as Associate Professor since 2004, being the Head of the research group in Subatomic Physics ever since, regularly funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science; and became Full Professor in May 2019. I have thus far supervised 4 PhD. students in Spain and 2 in France. I have led 6 research projects (IP) based on the University of Huelva and granted by the Spanish national plan for Particle and Nuclear Physics (FPN, formerly FPA). From 2018 to 2022, I have been the co-Head of a research project funded by the Andalusian regional government and appointed to the University of Granada. For the last two decades, I collaborated actively with the Particle and Nuclear Physics groups in the University of Paris-Saclay (belonging therewith a member of the international ETM coll.) and CEA-Saclay (PARTONS coll.), of which I became an associate research visitor in 2014; and, recently, with the Theory Division of the Argonne National Laboratoy (Chicago, USA) and with the Institute for Nonperturbative Physics at NJU (Nanjing, China) as an International Collaborator. I also served as the main organizer of 4 international workshops, as member of the local committee of 3 others and of the international advisory committee in 7 more.

My research activities have mainly focused on nonperturbative QCD and hadron physics since I finished my PhD in 1997. Specially, in a first stage and capitalizing on a fruitful collaboration with the Orsay Lattice QCD group, I worked on the analysis of the momentum behavior of the 2- and 3-point QCD Green’s functions. As a result, I developed a new method based on Green’s functions to evaluate the strong running coupling at large momenta from the low-momentum measurements, as meson masses or decay constants, used for the physical scale setting on the lattice. The results are reported by the PDG compilation as being in excellent agreement with the world average. I also made relevant contributions on the enlightening of the deep IR behaviour of QCD Green’s functions and its connection with underlying dynamical mechanisms and phenomenological implications. To achieve this, I benefited from the interplay of lattice QCD and Dyson-Schwinger equations (DSEs) techniques; contributing thereby to change the current understanding of the low-momentum gluon propagator by firmly establishing the emergence of a dynamical gluon mass, and identifying the Schwinger mechanism as its best explanation. The unveiling of key features of the 3-gluon vertex as the low-momentum zero-crossing, also dynamically attached to the mass generation mechanism, or the so-called planar degeneracy are important outcomes of these researches. I have been also involved, leading in some cases, in high-impact works in hadron phenomenology, calculating meson and nucleon form factors on the ground of DSEs, pinpointing pseudoscalar meson parton distribution functions (PDFs and GPDs) and elaborating further on their kinematic extensions, capitalizing on first principles and fundamental symmetries. Thus, I have been one of the proponents of a new approach which combines the overlap representation and the Radon transform to derive fully consistent and kinematically complete GPD models. Capitalizing on this and on DSE-based meson PDFs, I have contributed to deliver testable predictions in electron-ion colliders.

All the above crystallized in 148 articles recorded in iNSpires (125 in WoS) that I have so far authored, collecting 5389 citations (3601 in WoS), marking an h-index which amounts to 46 (38 in WoS). I delivered 4-5 invited talks a year in international conferences and workshop worldwide, as an average for the last 10 years. I furthermore developed a strong oureach activity, especially becoming author of 4 books of Science, translated into three languages and edited by RBA in cooperation with National Geographic.

Concerning research management and governance, I was first appointed to the Directorship of Research of the University of Huelva in January, 2017 and designated Vice-Chancellor of Research in July, 2020, position that I am still occupying. For the last 10 years, I have been also a regular assessor of the Spanish Funding Agency for Research (AEI), involved in the national plan for Particle and Nuclear Physics (FPN) and in the programmes for attraction of young talented researchers (RyC and JdC). I am also member of the CPAN committee for scienfic strategy.

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7 marzo
marzo 7, 2023
12:45 pm

Mesa Redonda 1: Innovación como motor de cambio en la Energía Sostenible

7 March
Time:  12:45 pm - 1:30 pm