Past Workshops & Meetings

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 9:00am to Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 5:00pm

Lederle Graduate Research Tower (LGRT) 419B , U Mass Amherst

Joint ACFI-Jefferson Laboratory workshop, with support also provided by U.N.C.-Wilmington.

The workshop will explore new opportunities for probing physics beyond the Standard Model and testing chiral symmetry in hadronic process.

Co-organizers: Liping Gan (U.N.C.-Wilmington/Jefferson Lab),
Jose Goity (Hampton U./Jefferson Lab),
Dave Mack (Jefferson Lab),
Michael Pennington (Jefferson Lab/William & Mary),
Michael Ramsey-Musolf (UMass Amherst)

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 9:00am to Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 5:00pm

Lederle Graduate Research Tower (LGRT) 419B , U Mass Amherst

De Sitter and Anti-deSitter provide simple, yet rich, playgrounds for studying quantum gravity and quantum field theory. On the observational side, Planck has provided a data set with unprecedented accuracy concerning (what we believe to be) a primordial epoch of quasi-de Sitter expansion. The goal of the workshop will be to study what data can teach us about the fundamental properties of exact (anti) de Sitter spaces.

Co-organizers: Mirjam Cvetic (U. Penn),
David Kastor (UMass Amherst),
David Lowe (Brown),
Lorenzo Sorbo (UMass Amherst),
Jennie Traschen (UMass Amherst)

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 9:00am to Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 5:00pm

Lederle Graduate Research Tower (LGRT) 419B, UMass Amherst

Higgs portal interactions can address two open problems in cosmology: dark matter and the baryon asymmetry. In anticipation of the 14 TeV phase of the LHC and the development of a future electron-positron collider, it is timely to delineate the most important scenarios, to identify their LHC and lepton collider signatures, and to determine the extent to which collider searches may probe Higgs portal scenarios in the cosmologically relevant regions of parameter space.

Co-organizers:
Ben Brau (UMass Amhherst)
John Paul Chou (Rutgers University)
Carlo Dallapicola (UMass Amherst)
Michael Ramsey-Musolf (UMass Amherst)
Shufang Su (University of Arizona)
Stephane Willocq (UMass Amherst)

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 9:00am to Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 12:00pm

Lederle Graduate Research Tower (LGRT) 419B, UMass Amherst

The neutron lifetime is an important parameter for a variety of studies in nuclear, particle, and astrophysics. At present, the measurements of the neutron lifetime with the lowest quoted errors are in serious disagreement. The workshop will address the issue of next generation neutron lifetime experiments with the goal of producing a roadmap for the production of a robust experimental determination.

Co-organizers:
Geoff Greene (U. Tennessee & Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
Susan Seestrom (Los Alamos National Laboratory)

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:00am to Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 2:00pm

Lederle Graduate Research Tower (LGRT) 419B , U Mass Amherst

Joint ACFI-FRIB workshop

Atomic nuclei provide powerful laboratories for testing nature’s fundamental symmetries. With the larger number and quantity of isotopes that the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) will make available, new and improved tests, such as for atomic EDMs, will be possible. The workshop will assess the opportunities for fundamental symmetry tests that FRIB make possible and identify those most important to pursue.

Co-organizers:
Witek Nazarewicz (Michigan State/FRIB/NSCL)
Michael Ramsey-Musolf (UMass Amherst)
Brad Sherrill (Michigan State/FRIB/NSCL)

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