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:
LAPTh has an opening for three 3 post-doctoral research positions to be recruited in fall 2015.
One position is in the area of Astroparticle Physics. Although a preference is given to cosmology and related particle physics topics other research interests in theoretical astroparticle physics will be given consideration. More details on the position and the online application are accessed here. The second position is the particle physics team and is share with the theory group of LPSC in Grenoble. The programme is geared towards the interpretation of New Physics searches at the LHC. Details and online application are to be found here. The third position is within the Mathematical Physics team and covers various aspects of the theory of (quantum) integrable systems. Details and online application are to be found here
In Pour La Science, Supernovae and Neutrinos
Pasquale SERPICO contributed to the September 2014 Edition of Scientific American (Pour La Science) that covered a few aspects of the fascinating neutrinos. His contribution explained how the signal from a supernova can be used to infer the pattern of masses of these elusive particles.
Neutrinos (and their antiparticles, antineutrinos) are copiously produced in numerous particle physics processes at different depths in the core of collapsing stars (Supernovae). They also come in three varieties (or flavours), as defined by the process by which they were created.
Bringing together about 80 participants, the 6th edition of the international conference RAQIS (Recent Advances in Quantum Integrable Systems) was held from 1 to 5 September 2014 in Dijon (France).
Co-organised by LAPTh and the University of Burgundy, it has become a major event for specialists in quantum integrable systems. Last meeting of the ANR programme 'DIADEMS', the conference was to hear about forty presentations covering the latest developments in the field from mathematical aspects to applications in string theory, statistical physics and condensed matter physics.
More informations here.
LAPTh is a member of HiggsTools, an Initial Training Network (ITN) supported by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission.
HiggsTools consists of 10 teams from 37 European Universities and Research Institutes, one International Organisation (CERN), and 4 partners from the private sector.
LAPTh is the coordinator of the French participation. The programme covers the important physics of the Higgs and the concomitant topic of the nature of the electroweak symmetry breaking and what may lie beyond it. More info here.
Fête de la Science 2014
FESTIVAL of SCIENCE 2014
On the occasion of the festival of science, LAPP and LAPTh will open their doors on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October 2014 from 10am to 18pm keeping up with this annual tradition.
We will make you discover more about the experiments carried at LAPP as well as the various activities both experimentalists and theorists (of LAPTh) are involved in. Visitors will meet and interact with physicists, engineers and technicians through different stands and stalls that represent the many research topics carried in our laboratories: Study of the Higgs particle, the search for new particles at the LHC , anti-matter , cosmic rays as well as the role of electronics, computers and mechanics in neutrino experiments, gravitational waves and the search for dark matter.
Dark Matter in the Front Line
France Culture in partnership with Pour la Science magazine (French edition of Scientific American) invited Richard Taillet from the LAPTh Astrophysics and Cosmology Team and Professor at Université de Savoie to talk about Dark Matter Hunting in Underground Experiments. He reviewed the human challenges and the technological infrastructure that are put in place today in the search of the missing dark matter of the universe. Thanks to more and more precise instruments installed in old mines, physicists are searching for the elusive dark matter. With detector sensitivity increasing the noose is tightening around this hypothetical component of the Universe ....
Listen to the radio programme (Richard talks at 45 minutes into the programme)
Read "The Underground Hunters for Dark Matter" by Richard Taillet in "Pour la Science"
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.
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