Dates: May 14-16, 2016
Venue: Mt. Washington Conference Center, Baltimore, MD USA
This is a transformational time for particle physics. The LHC may reveal new physics around the weak scale, or put another nail in the coffin of Naturalness. As lack of experimental detection makes weak-scale dark matter less compelling, the search for its identity has become the wild west, and applications of alternative technologies — such as atom-interferometers, SQUIDs, and accelerometers — may play key rolls. At the same time, new ‘technologies’ in conformal theories may lead to dramatic leaps in understanding quantum field theory and gravity. The Workshop will cover these topics and more, with both theory and experimental talks and plenty of time to discuss.
The Johns Hopkins Workshops meet annually; they rotate among the participating universities. The purpose of each workshop is to discuss outstanding issues in particle theory broadly interpreted. Topics can range from mathematical physics to cosmology. Typically, each workshop is restricted to one or two topics. Often, two topics to be discussed are chosen in such a way as to stimulate a dialog between two groups of physicists. Currently, the following universities host the workshops: Chalmers University (Göteborg, Sweeden), Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary), University of Florence (Florence, Italy), University of Heidelberg (Heidelberg, Germany), Seoul National University (Seoul, Republic of Korea), Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD, USA). (For a certain period, the Universities of Bonn (Germany) and Lanzhou (People’s Republic of China) also participated in the collaboration.)