Seminars & Workshops

The ACFI hosts a weekly seminar series that brings researchers from around the world to present forefront research and interact with ACFI faculty, staff, and students. Informal research presentations by UMass Amherst and visitors take place in the weekly Fundamental Interactions Informal Talk.

The aim of ACFI topical workshops is to provide an opportunity for researchers from around the world to interact in a focused, short-term context to address an important open problem in the Energy, Intensity, or Cosmic frontiers as well as at their intersection. The general scope of the topical workshop is 10-20 participants who meet over a 2-5 day period at UMass Amherst, focusing on a specific problem, and formulating a plan for on-going research at the workshop conclusion.

The ACFI welcomes proposals for a topical workshop, which will be considered on a rolling basis. To submit a proposal, please contact the Director. A list of past workshops and meetings is also available.

Upcoming Workshops & Meetings

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.