**Principal Investigator:** Nora Brambilla, Physik Department T30f, Technische Universität München (Germany)

**HPC Platform used:** SuperMUC of LRZ

**Local Project ID:** pr48le

Nuclear matter changes at high temperatures from a gas of hadrons into a quark-gluon plasma. For sufficiently high temperatures this quark-gluon plasma can be described in terms of effective field theory calculations assuming weak coupling. In this project, scientists calculate the QCD Equation of State and the free energies of heavy quark systems using Lattice QCD, a Markov Chain Monte Carlo approach for solving the QCD path integral numerically in an imaginary time formalism. By comparing the continuum extrapolated results to weak-coupling calculations in different EFT frameworks, their applicability is being established.