## LAPTh, an overviewLAPTh 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: - phenomenology of particle physics,
- astroparticles and cosmology,
- mathematical physics in particular field and string theory and aspects of symmetry.
## News## New Planck results, another one bites the dustAfter four years of operation of the Planck satellite of the European Space Agency (ESA), the Planck Collaboration has build up an exquisitely precise map of the sky in both temperature and now of polarisation. These maps furnish a detailed picture of how the universe evolved. Among the numerous results provided by the Planck satellite over the last year, there is an assessment of the polarised dust emission at intermediate and high Galactic latitudes (http://arxiv.org/abs/1409.5738). This is a crucial foreground in the searches for primordial B-mode polarisation patterns, possibly imprinted in the Cosmic Microwave Background by gravitational waves of inflationary origin, also known as tensor modes. Thanks to this measurement, older estimates of this contribution have been revisited and, in a joint effort by the BICEP2/Keck Array and Planck Data collaborations (http://arxiv.org/abs/1502.00612), no statistically significant evidence for tensor modes has been found in a reanalysis of the BICEP 2 observations, which in 2014 had been interpreted as a possible primordial B-mode detection (http://arxiv.org/abs/1403.3985), an interpretation that made big waves in the media then... undeservedly. We will need to wait and be more careful about gravity waves. ## Group Theory Lectures 2015
1) Elements of group theory and their importance in particle physics 2) Lie groups and Lie algebras 3) Classification of semi-simple Lie algebras 4) Representations of simple Lie algebras 5) Applications: spectroscopy of elementary particles, gauge theory, grand unification models 6) Extensions: superalgebras (for supersymmetry); quantum groups (for integrable systems); exceptional algebras and infinite dimensional algebras (for string theory) ## Jobs : PhD positions Enigmass 2015
Applicants should fill the application form available here. The results will be available by the beginning of May 2015. ## Anonio Pich Lectures : Naturalness and LHC Run 2As part of the ENIGMASS lecture series, Antonio Pich (University of Valencia, Spain) delivered a series of lectures on 12/13 November (2014) entitled " Probing Naturalness and Electroweak Symmetry Breaking at LHC run-2. Three lectures of 1h30 each were given, each lecture was followed by a debate and exchange with the audience. The target audience were staff physicists, post-docs and PhD students. For more details about the events see here. ## More Articles... |

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