Saturday, December 11, 2010

Theoretical physics to face the challenge of LHC

The LHC campaign and the analysis of experimental results at the TeV scale have finally begun. Soon the many theoretical speculations about physics beyond the Standard Model will be forced to confront real world evidence. At this school, we will discuss the large body of thought about new physics and how it could be tested. New theoretical ideas may or may not manifest themselves at the LHC. In fact, for the first time in many years, theoretical high energy physics has little certainty about what will emerge experimentally. To react quickly to both expected and unexpected discoveries, it will be important to have a broad sense for the many possibilities. The topics of the school will include the origin of the parameters of the standard model, the nature of electro-weak symmetry breaking, supersymmetry and its breaking, the physics of strongly coupled gauge theories, inflation, dark matter candidates, AdS/CFT techniques, extra dimensions and string compactification. On the experimental side, lecture series will provide an introduction to LHC physics for theorists, surveying the accelerator and detectors, data analysis and modeling techniques, and anticipated signatures of new physics. Finally, there will also be lectures on fundamental questions in quantum field theory and black hole theory, integrability, special properties of N=4 Yang-Mills and N=8 supergravity, and stringy cosmology.

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