The Institute for Theoretical Physics (IFT) UAM-CSIC was officially created in 2003 as a joint research center belonging to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). It is the only Spanish center dedicated entirely to research in Theoretical Physics. The IFT members develop research in the frontiers of Elementary Particle Physics, Astroparticles and Cosmology, in order to understand the fundamental keys of Nature and the Universe. They are also leading many research projects, both at the national and international level. The IFT is part of the strategic line `Theoretical Physics and Mathematics´ of the Campus of International Excellence (CEI) UAM+CSIC established in 2009. Since 2012, it is credited as Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence. Besides purely scientific activity, in the IFT is also conducted intensive training tasks of young researchers and professionals through the graduate program in Theoretical Physics with mention of excellence from the CEI and the Ministry of Education. In addition, the Institute carries out the important task of transferring knowledge to society through several outreach programs.
In the last two decades there has been mounting evidence for a huge number of string vacua: the string landscape. This fact may provide a solution to the cosmological constant fine-tuning problem when combined with cosmological inflation and anthropic ideas. Moreover, LHC data suggest that another fine-tuning in fundamental physics may be showing itself. Indeed, the LHC has shown up to now no trace of supersymmetry nor any other new physics which could provide an explanation for the fine-tuned Higgs mass.
The aim of this workshop (to be held at IFT-Madrid on 8-10 October 2014) is to bring together a number of world experts who can provide their views and results in addressing the issue of fine-tuning in particle physics, string theory and cosmology, and in particular the role of anthropic considerations in this context.
Dr. Eung Jin Chun from School of Physics, Seoul is visiting the IFT for the period from September 26th to October 6th, 2014. His office number is 103.
His research interests are:
- BSM: neutrino, dark matter and collider signatures
Dr. Olga Mena from IFIC, Valencia, is visiting the IFT for the period from September 29th to October 12th, 2014. Her office number is 214.
Her research interests are:
- Neutrinos in the Earth and in the Cosmos Dark energy and cosmological measurements
The HEFT2014 - Higgs Effective Field Theories 2014 - workshop will be held at the Instituto de Física Teórica (UAM-CSIC) in Madrid, from Sunday 28th to Tuesday 30th September 2014.
This is the second edition of the workshop, which was successfully held for the first time at CERN last year. The workshop's goal is to support and encourage the exploration of the nature of the Higgs particle and electroweak symmetry breaking at large in BSM theories, and in particular -although not only- using the model independent approach of effective field theories. To this end, we hope to encourage a spirited and focused discussion on the current state of the art during the workshop.
NOTE UNUSUAL PLACE FOR THE FIRST COLLOQUIUM:
Speaker: Prof. Samuel Ting (Nobel laureate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Title: On the Origin of Dark Matter
Date: Wednesday Sept. 24 2014 @ 15:00h
Place: Sala Polivalente (PLAZA MAYOR UAM, entrance next to that of the Medical Service)
He will present as well the new data released only yesterday, from the AMS experiment on the International Space Station.
Dr. Liam Keegan from CERN is visiting the IFT for the period from September 23rd to October 2nd. His office number is 104.
He is interested in understanding theories beyond QCD using lattice field theory methods.
Dr. Valentina De Romeri from Laboratoire de Physique Corpusculaire de Clermont is visiting the IFT for the period from September 22nd to October 31st, 2014. Her office number is 111.
Her research interests are:
- Physics beyond the SM: Neutrino physics (Neutrino mass models at the TeV scale, lepton flavour violation, neutrino phenomenology)
- Dark Matter (DM models, indirect and direct detection signatures)
The LHC is now in technical stop, to be restarted again at the beginning of 2015 at almost twice the energy reached so far. Consequently there is reasonable hope that signals of BSM physics can show up, either directly or indirectly, in the next runs of the LHC. In any case, LHC data will continue to improve the determination of Higgs properties, which could also show possible deviations from SM predictions. These prospects can be strenghened by the feedback with other experiments, like those related to dark matter and flavor physics.
Dr. Masanori Okawa from Hiroshima University is visiting the IFT for the period from September 17th to October 2nd. His office number is 401.
His research interest are:
- Quantum field theory, especially large scale numerical simulation of Lattice QCD. Twisted space-time reduced model of large N gauge theories.