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Particle Physics Phenomenology

Ph.D. course

October 3-7 2011
Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen

With the successful start up of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in 2010, particle physics is now at a cross road, waiting to observe in the data the first signs of which direction is the right one to take, in order to formulate a more complete theory of the microcosm.

The LHC experiments have the ambitious goal of discovering that direction, by collecting data from proton proton collisions at the highest energies ever achieved in the laboratory. Even if still operating at a fraction of the nominal design intensities, the accelerator and experiments are performing beyond expectations and producing physics results at an unprecedented rate that promises well for the future. A new era for particle physics has started, and the data collected by the LHC experiments provide a great training ground for young high energy physics researchers.

The intention of this course is to give an overview of the main theoretical physics concepts that underlie our understanding of high-energy collisions, specifically proton-proton collisions at the LHC machine. Lectures are supplemented with computer exercises, and the course will give 5 ECTS points, two of which will be given for active participation in the course and another three which will rely on a take-home exam. A full course description is given here.

The lecturer at this course is prof. Torbjörn Sjöstrand from Lund University. Professor Sjöstrand is one of the foremost experts in particle physics phenomenology in the world, and he is the author of the Monte Carlo event generator Pythia.

This course is sponsored by the faculty of science and hosted by the DISCOVERY center and the Niels Bohr International Academy. There is no participation fee. We do have some money to sponsor students travels. Please indicate on your registration, if you will need support.

For practical questions, please contact the organizers.

See you in Copenhagen!