Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual

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Cosmological probes of BSM - from the Big Bang to the LHC

2018, May 06 -- May 12

K. Blum (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot & CERN, Geneva)
C. Grojean (DESY, Hamburg & Humboldt University, Berlin)
A. Juste (ICREA/IFAE, Barcelona), O. Pujoląs (IFAE, Barcelona)

The Standard Model of particle physics is a priori a consistent theory valid up to very high scale, perhaps as high as the scale of quantum gravity. Nonetheless, it fails to account for various astrophysical and cosmological measurements and cannot satisfactorily describe our early and late Universe. The aim of this workshop is to study cosmological probes of various scenarios of physics beyond the Standard Model.

The workshop will bring together experts from the theoretical and experimental communities for a joint brainstorming on the status of this research, identify areas for improvements, as well as set new promising directions to be confronted with LHC data.

The topics that will be covered include:

    - primordial black hole production from phase transition,
    - alternatives to WIMP dark matter,
    - sphalerons at the LHC,
    - production of topological defects,
    - low scale inflation models,
    - collider signatures of baryogenesis-inspired models
    - axiflavons
    - light scalars in cosmology and at colliders/beam-dump experiments

List of confirmed key participants:

Y. Ali-Haimoud (NYU), J.J. Blanco-Pillado (Basque U.), P. Brax (Saclay), J.R. Espinosa (IFAE), F. Ferrer (St Louis+IFAE), J. Garriga (Barcelona), O. Lebedev (Helsinki), E. Masso (IFAE), T. Moroi (Tokyo), F. Nitti (APC), A. Notari (Barcelona), A. Pomarol (IFAE), M. Quiros (IFAE), J. Ruderman (NYU and CERN), P. Schwaller (Mainz), A. Thamm (CERN), T. Vachaspati (Ariizona State U. + Maryland U.), A. Westphal (DESY), R. Ziegler (CERN).

Scientific advisory committee:

M. Asorey (Zaragoza), O. Lebedev (Helsinki), G. Perez (Weizmann), T. Volansky (Tel Aviv and IAS) and A. Weiler (TUM).

The workshop will take place at the Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual (http://benasque.org/) located in Benasque (Spain), between May 6 and 12, 2018. Benasque is a beautiful village with a famous ski resort, located in the heart of the Pyrenees, close to the Spanish border with France. In addition to the auditorium, the Center offers desk space, ubiquitous black boards and several meeting areas. To ensure a productive workshop, attendance will be limited to a maximum of 60 participants. In addition, the meeting agenda will be kept light, leaving plenty of time for informal discussion among participants.

Registration fee

The conference fee is be 200 euros and will cover the transfer to/from Barcelona, welcome and farewell receptions and coffee breaks. Participants will have to cover their meals and housing expenses. The latter are expected to range between 30 and 99 euros a night. More details will be given in due time. Some partial support will also be available to encourage the participation of young researchers.

Related event:

Please note that during May 14-18, there will be a CERN TH Institute on primordial black holes ( https://indico.cern.ch/event/686745/ ) with some overlap with the workshop agenda


The workshop will be partly supported by the COST Action Connecting insights in fundamental physics (CA15108) that is part of the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020, as well as by the Severo Ochoa excellence grant at IFAE.

Registration fee information

The registration fee for this conference is 200 eur.

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The registration fee must be paid to the account of the Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual after your application has been accepted.

Ibercaja (account number): 2085 2310 3803 3004 4193
IBAN: ES44 2085 2310 3803 3004 4193

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*Cancellation Policy*
A 30 euro charge will be applied for cancellations made up to 10 days before the conference start date.
A no refund policy will be applied to cancellations made after this date.

Further Information.

This session has received financial support from the following institutions:

  • logo CSIC
  • Gobierno de Aragón
  • Ministerio de educación y ciencia
  • DPH
  • Universidad de Zaragoza
  • Ayuntamiento de Benasque


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