Eotvos-Cornell 2007 Workshop on Particle Theory
I recently stumbled upon the program for the Eotvos-Cornell 2007 Workshop on Particle Theory: BSM at the Dawn of the LHC Era. If you’re thinking about attending don’t bother — it’s outside your future lightcone, the event took place earlier this year in June.
`___ at the dawn of the LHC’ has been a popular conference title this year, and for good reason. If the LHC indeed starts a science run next summer, then it’s `party like it’s 1999‘ time for particle physicists… especially the theorists, who have been kind of sitting around doing things like the LHC Olympics.
The Eotvos-Cornell workshop caught my eye because of the very broad sampling of Beyond the Standard Model phenomenology `current status’ talks. (If you have no clue what this means, see my introductory post on what I study.) It’s a lot of fun to skim through some of the slides to get a feel for the current research frontier; something particularly useful for beginning PhD students.
What I also noticed was that there were quite a few funny titles:
- `The Return of the Fourth Generation‘ by G. Kribs (sounds like a Sci-Fi novel)
- `Challenging the Cosmological Constant‘ by N. Kaloper (style points for alliteration, bonus points for being a good candidate title for explodingdog.com)
- `An 😄 GIM mechanism and no dead penguins‘ by A. Weiler (a hit among March of the Penguins fans)
- `Good Things Come to Those Who Weight‘ by J. Thaler
- `Sweet Spot Supersymmetry‘ by R. Kitano
- `Unparticles: what are they good for?‘ J. Terning (sing along: “absolutely nothing, uh-huh.“)
The award for least informative talk title goes to:
- `New Physics at the LHC‘ by T. Plehn (isn’t this essentially what the title of the workshop is?)
Anyway, despite my silliness the talks are all worth a quick look. I only think it’s a shame that they didn’t have video recordings made! (Also, a note for speakers: it’s really helpful to have a slide in your `extra slides’ section with a list of references to current research and review articles.)
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