LAPTh, an overview
LAPTh is a mixed research unit (UMR 5108) of the CNRS (within the Institute of Physics, INP) and the Université de Savoie. It is located in Annecy-le-Vieux, 5km from the centre of Annecy and about 40km from CERN and Geneva. The activities of LAPTh are centred around three main areas of research:
Summer School in Particle and Astroparticle physics of Annecy-le-Vieux, 21-25 July 2014
The school aims at introducing Particle Physics and Astroparticle physics to 4th and advanced 3rd year physics students from anywhere in the world. The most recent research topics and results in these fields will be presented. It consists of 4 days of lectures on LHC Physics, Neutrinos, Heavy Flavours, Astroparticle Physics, Gravitational Waves. Computational tools for these fields will also be introduced during a hands-on session. The students will be immersed in an international research atmosphere, and will be able to spend time and discuss at length with scientists working in the field.
Courses will be in English. No background knowledge on the topics covered beyond a popular science level is assumed. A strong basis in Quantum Mechanics is expected, however.
Jobs : PhD positions Enigmass2014
The "Excellence Laboratory" ENIGMASS is offering up to three 3-year Ph.D. positions (doctoral fellowships) starting autumn 2014 in Annecy and Grenoble.
The proposed Ph.D. subjects are available here. Applicants should have a Master-2 diploma (or equivalent) by the end of July 2014.
Deadline for applying is April 21st 2014.
Applicants should fill the application form available here. The selection will be done by the beginning of May 2014.
Were are not guinea pigs
A LAPTh member on the French TV show "On n'est pas que des Cobayes" (we are not only gunea pigs). This is a regular show on the national channel France 5.
Richard Taillet was invited to participate in the issue of January 10, 2014, where friendly "cobayes" wonder if one can jump off a running train, as in the movies.
The CCSTI Cran Gevrier, LAPP, and LAPTh teamed up for the organisation of one of the four regional finals of FameLab on 17 april 2014 in Annecy. FameLab is an international contest in scientific communication, which was created in 2005 at the Times Cheltenham Festival, and which involves each year more than 5000 young scientists and engineers from more than 20 countries. This year, the first French edition of this contest will take place, organised in collaboration with AMCSTI, CNES, CERN, INSERM, and Cheltenham Festival.
The candidates for FameLab France have to
Guilhem Bernard on French TV. The Cosmic bubble
Guilhem Bernard a PhD student at LAPTh was invited, during the Fête de la Science (the yearly Science Festival), on the news programme of the French channel FR3 to talk about his project (the cosmic bubble) and the importance of outreach especially towards young children. Video here.
The Cosmic Bubble: : Let yourself be drawn into a galactic journey to discover the source of cosmic rays. This unique sensory experience to discover the wonders of the galaxy
Festival of Science 2013
The 2013 Science Festival
For this year's festival, a cycle of 4 presentations for the general public will be given by physicists from LAPTh and LAPP on saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October. These presentations will be held in the auditorium Marcel Vivargent (LAPP/LAPTh) in Annecy-le-Vieux.
Here is the programme (All talks in French) :
Saturday 12 October at 14h : "Voir l’invisible, vues scientifiques et vues d’artistes" par Loic Rolland (LAPP)
Saturday 12 October at 17h : "Un boson nommé Higgs" par Paul Sorba (LAPTh)
Sunday 13 October at 14h : "Défis technologiques : explorer l’espace et la matière" par Armand Fiasson (LAPP)
Sunday 13 October at 17h : "L’image astronomique : du télescope à l’utilisation scientifique" par Richard Taillet (LAPTh)
The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics
The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to François Englert (Belgium) and Peter W. Higgs (U.K). The press release of the Nobel committee is very careful in its wording. First of all the prize is awarded to two theorists "for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particle". This Nobel refers to the BEH mechanism (for Brout, Englet and Higgs). In 1964 Brout and Englert wrote a paper putting forth the idea. Within a few weeks the same proposal was made by Higgs albeit in a slightly different language. The mechanism itself was a way to counter a theorem (Goldstone theorem, which in fact was put on firm ground by Goldstone, Salam and Weinberg). The theorem predicts the appearance of massless spin-0 bosons (Nambu-Goldstone bosons) whenever there is spontaneous symmetry breaking. In short this refers to the situation where the dynamics and the equations describing the physics have a symmetry that is not shared by the solution of the equation, in particular by the ground state of the theory.
Pasquale Serpico, CNRS Bronze Medal Ceremony
The CNRS Bronze Medal Ceremony Award was held in Grenoble on 4 October 2013 in Grenoble. The award is in recognition of the work of Pasquale in astroparticles. Pasquale received his medal from Bart van Tiggelen the Associate Director of the Institute of Physics of the CNRS.
Prior to the formal handing of the medal, a presentation of the work of Pasquale was shown to the audience. This was followed by a humorous portrait of Pasquale made by friends and colleagues of Paquale. See both videos here.
Bart van Tiggelen conveyed the congratulations of the CNRS. Upon receiving the medal, Pasquale gave a thank you speech.
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