Netherlands, Ameland

Search for New Physics with Low-Energy Precision Tests

when 16 June 2019 - 22 June 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 750

The unexplained nature of dark matter and energy and the relative abundance of matter and antimatter are just two out of many reasons to expect physics beyond the Standard Model. In an attempt to resolve these issues, a variety of theoretical extensions to the Standard Model were developed. These extensions also predict new phenomena, such as the variation of fundamental constants and symmetry violation beyond allowed by the Standard Model. Sophisticated experiments are needed to detect these phenomena and thereby explore the physics beyond the Standard Model.

Low-energy precision tests are a very promising alternative to high energy accelerator research in this field. Using a combination of precision table-top experiments, electronic structure calculations and particle-physics theory, the understanding of the foundations of our universe can be tested at energies that effectively surpass those available at the largest particle accelerators. The search for new physics beyond the Standard Model using small-scale experiments is the topic of this summer school.

Course leader

Anastasia Borschevsky and Steven Hoekstra

Target group

This summer school is intended for MSc/PhD/Postdocs in the field(s) of atomic and molecular physics, theoretical physics and chemistry, and particle physics with an interest in searches for new physics.

The participants should have at least Bachelor degree knowledge of Physics or Chemistry. It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English

Course aim

During the course you will learn about:

- Particle physics theories beyond the Standard Model
- Experimental methods for search for new physics with low energy precision tests
- Theoretical methods for electronic structure of atoms and molecules
- Search for new physics with highly charged ions
- Laser cooling of molecules

Credits info

1 EC
Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 40 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Fee info

EUR 750: The fee of € 750 includes:

- Participation in the programme
- Housing (5 nights, from Sunday 16/6 to Friday 21/6) in a conference hotel at the Island of Ameland
- Lunches
- Coffee/tea
- Dinners (including conference dinner)
- Excursions
- Welcoming drinks