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Présentation du Laboratoire d'Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique Théorique (LAPTh)

Le LAPTh est une unité mixte de recherche (UMR 5108) CNRS-INP/Université de Savoielapth-lapp. Le laboratoire est situé à Annecy-le-Vieux, 5km du centre d'Annecy et à 40km du CERN et de Genève. Les activités du LAPTh sont centrées autour de trois grands thèmes de recherche:

  • phénoménologie en physique des particules,
  • astroparticules et cosmologie,
  • physique mathématique: en particulier en théorie des champs, cordes et symétries.


Graspa 2015

Undergraduate Summer School in Particle and Astroparticle Physics of Annecy-le-Vieux, July 16-22 2015

The schoolgraspa 2015 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. The school consists of 4 days of lectures on LHC Physics, Neutrinos, Heavy Flavours, Astroparticle Physics and 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. They 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 background in Quantum Mechanics is expected, however.


A maximum of 30 students will be admitted.


PhysTeV Les Houches 2015

lh 2015

In a few weeks the high energy physics team will be going to Les Houches. We will be overseeing the 9th session of the LH PhysTeV. This session will coincide with the first beams at the LHC which will soon be  running at 13TeV.

The highlight of the 2015 Les Houches Edition is to take full advantage of the data that has been collected at the LHC so far and prepare for the future runs. The Workshop will devote particular attention to:(i) Higgs physics, and how it shapes our view on the mechanism of electroweak symmetry breaking; (ii) related searches for New Physics and (iii) progress in new techniques for the calculations and simulation of Standard Model processes. These activities will be conducted in close connection with the development and improvements of related theory tools, in particular of Monte-Carlo event generators.

The Workshop proper runs over one year, including two meetings in Les Houches in the month of June, and exchanges and collaborations before and after the meetings. The meetings in Les Houches will consist of two sessions:

Session I: 1-10 June 2015with emphasis on SM-related issues

Session II: 10-19 June 2015   with emphasis on New-Physics searches

Site of the LH2015 session   Wiki of LH2015


A course on Nonequilibrium Processes

kirone2Kirone Mallick from the Institut de Physique Théorique (IPhT) CEA Saclay is giving a set of lectures describing recent advances   in systems far from equilibrium. After a review of equilibrium thermodynamics, the lectures will introduce  the fascinating identities of Jarzinski and Crooks which quantify the transient violations of the second principle. This will be followed by the fluctuation theorem of Gallavoti-Cohen. Here is the exciting programme

1. Review of statistical physics: Equilibrium versus Non-equilibrium. Dynamics, Detailed Balance and Time-reversal.
2. Out of Equilibrium: Large Deviations, Generalized Detailed Balance and the Gallavotti-Cohen theorem.
3. Work Identities: the Jarzynski and Crooks identities.
4. The Asymmetric Exclusion Process: Exact Results
5. A unifying framework: the Macroscopic Fluctuation Theory.


A Possible solution to the Lithium problem?

poulin serpico

Big Bang Nucleosynthesis (BBN) is an admirable achievement of the standard cosmological model as it very precisely predicts the amount of the most abundant elements, in particular hydrogen and helium. On close inspection the picture is marred by a long standing and annoying problem. Though its abundance is extremely small, the standard predicted amount of lithium is  about a factor 3 larger than what observed in some metal-poor stars believed to trace the primordial abundance. Tweaking the theory of BBN to correct the lithium abundance affects that of the hydrogen or helium to an extent that this is ruled out by the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB).

In a very recent paper, Pasquale D. Serpico and Vivian Poulin (LAPTh, CNRS) have shown that a loophole in the calculation  of the electromagnetic cascades re-opens the possibility of finding an easy way out to the old problem of the lithium abundance.

Lire la suite : A Possible solution to the Lithium problem?


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