Fermilab hosts hadron physics school Aug. 16-27
|The fifth annual Hadron Collider Physics Summer School will take place at Fermilab Aug. 16-27.
For the next two weeks, Fermilab's conference rooms and cafeteria are going to get a little crowded.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 16, more than 150 advanced theoretical and experimental Ph.D. students and first or second year postdocs in particle physics will gather at Fermilab for the fifth annual Hadron Collider Physics Summer School. Students attending the school, which runs from Monday through Friday, Aug. 27, will learn about practical theoretical and experimental high-energy physics.
"The school gives students a foundation that they don't necessarily get from the coursework at their university," said school co-chair Andreas Kronfeld. "The students attending will learn things imperative to their professional development."
The organized set of lectures is roughly divided between experimental and theoretical topics. Although the curriculum resembles that from previous years, this year's curriculum boasts some added features. Students arriving on Monday, Aug. 16, have the option of spending the day learning how to do Monte Carlo simulations, which scientists use to aid the interpretation of their results.
In addition to the Monte Carlo workshop, Kronfeld and co-chair Doug Glenzinski have also added lectures about non-hadron collider topics. Students will hear lectures about neutrino oscillations, dark matter searches and the connection between astrophysics and high energy physics.
"We added these lectures so that we could offer the students a more well-rounded view," Glenzinski said. "These are important areas where the laboratory and other high-energy physics institutions will be focusing their efforts."
Students will be bussed onto the site, so the school should not affect parking. Lectures will adjourn at noon most days for lunch, so the cafeteria will be more crowded at that time than normal. Students will eat lunch at 12:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 20 and 21.
All school lectures will be available via streaming video.
Two colloquia on Wednesdays Aug. 18 and 25, and a Joint Experimental Theoretical Physics seminar on Aug. 20 are associated with the school. These seminars are open to the public. Anil Kakodkar from the Department of Atomic Energy in India will give the Joint Experimental Theoretical Physics seminar on Friday, Aug. 20.
-- Rhianna Wisniewski