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, 5kms from the centre of Annecy and about 40kms from CERN and Geneva. The activities of LAPTh are centred around three main areas of research:
AMS: First Results
Congratulations to our colleagues of AMS for the publication of their first results. The measurement of the positron fraction in cosmic rays up to 350 GeV with a significant reduction in the experimental uncertainty compared to previous experiments demonstrates the excellent performance of AMS and the significant scientific breakthrough that this experience will bring in the years to come.
Concertference: Music and Astronomy
LAPTh takes you on a tour to discover the Kepler Music Project.
To share with you our passion for research and physics and our love of music, LAPTh is pleased to make you discover the Kepler Music Project through a show or rather a concertference, combining Electro Jazz music and Astronomy. This show is a creation of Boistel Guy and Stéphane Le Gars, physics teachers at a high school in Nantes, doctors in history of science, researchers in the team History of Astronomy at Francois Vieta Centre of the University of Nantes, amateur astronomers and jazz musicians.
This concertférence is both a concert, a conference and a multi-media experience, accessible to all ages. It will be a visual and musical journey into one of the most fascinating pages in the history of astronomy ! The event takes place on March 5, 2013. Further details (in French).
Serpico awarded the CNRS Bronze Medal
Our colleague Pasquale Serpico is awarded the 2013 CNRS bronze medal. This is in recognition of his work and achievements is astroparticle physics and in cosmology.
Post-doctoral Positions for Fall 2013
LAPTh invites applications for post-doctoral positions with appointments in Fall 2013. The positions cover a large area of topics
For more details, see the post-doc announcements pages
Les Houches 2013
The next session of the PhysTeV Workshop initiated by LAPTh physicists in 1999 and organized every two years since then, will take place in Les Houches as usual from 3-21 June 2013. This series of workshops has contributed much to the physics of the LHC by bringing together in an a relatively secluded place theorists and experimentalists working either towards a better precision for the standard model observables or on new models and theories for the New Physics. This has led, among other things, to the many celebrated Les Houches Accords and Les Houches Recommendations. 2013 will be the year where we will finally discuss the impact of the newly discovered resonance, which is probably the long sought after LH, …oups Le Higgs.
For more details, see the Phys TeV 2013 webpage
Cosmic drift, an article by P. Serpico highlighted
Spectral Breaks as a Signature of Cosmic Ray Induced Turbulence in the Galaxy
Pasquale Blasi, Elena Amato, and Pasquale D. Serpico, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 061101 (2012).
This article has been selected as a special highlight in Physics Synopsis
LAPTh co-organiser of a High Energy School in Turkey
LAPTh is partner in an ERASMUS Intensive Programme whose project coordinator is METU (Middle East Technical University), Ankara, Turkey. The consortium organised the International Summer School on High Energy Physics:”Standard Model and Beyond” funded in part by the EU and the Turkish National Agency-Life Long Learning. Our first year doctoral students took part in the school which was held in Antalya from 28 August to 8 September 2012. See the site of the School for more details.
Higgs Discovered at the LHC?
On the 4th of July both of ATLAS and CMS, the two multi-purpose detectors at the LHC have announced that they have established, with a very high degree of confidence, the existence of a resonance at the LHC. This is most probably the long sought after Higgs. The physics of the Higgs is the topic of many researchers at LAPTh (See here a list of publications by LAPTh physicists with Higgs in the title..).
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