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theoretical and experimental physics at the interface
of the Energy, Intensity, and Cosmic frontiers.

We seek answers to key open questions about
nature’s fundamental interactions, such as:

Why is there more matter than anti-matter in the Universe?

What additional forces were active during the first moments after the Big Bang?

How are protons and neutrons put together?

We address these and other questions through international
topical workshops; a visiting researcher program;
UMass faculty, staff, and student research
as well as other activities.

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Making the Electroweak Phase Transition (Theoretically) Strong

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 1:00pm


The electroweak phase transition (EWPT) is a key event that took place
early in the evolution of the Universe. Knowledge of its precise details could help us
understand the origin of the baryon asymmetry, or may lead to a definite prediction of a
stochastic background of gravitational waves that may be within the reach of the future
space-based interferometer LISA. At the same time, exploring the nature and properties
of the EWPT is an increasingly important part of the Physics Programme of the LHC
and the future of the high-energy frontier, and a large effort has been devoted in recent
years to the exploration of the phenomenological consequences of the EWPT for LHC.

Translating the future experimental results into a precise description of the early
Universe during the electroweak epoch demands a robust computational framework for
scenarios beyond the Standard Model, and is not yet fully established. The aim of this
Workshop is to bring together experts in the field to discuss the latest theoretical
developments, share ideas, and bring the EWPT into the precision era.

Upcoming Seminars

ACFI Seminar

Richard Brower

Fri, Mar 31, 2017 - 2:15pm


ACFI Seminar

Joe Formaggio

Fri, Apr 7, 2017 - 3:00pm


ACFI Seminar

Alex Maloney

Fri, Apr 14, 2017 - 2:30pm