PPC2015

IX International Conference on Interconnections between Particle Physics and Cosmology (PPC2015)

June 29th - July 3rd 2015, Deadwood, South Dakota
Hosted by the Center for Theoretical Underground Physics and Related Areas (CETUP*)
Deadline for the hotel reservations: May 25th, 2015
PPC Cube
  • Images of Baryon Acoustic Bscillions with Cosmic Microwave Background by E.M. Huff, the SDSS-III team, and the Souht Pole Telescope team. Graphic by Zosia Rostomian (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
  • Image of Neutrino Astrophysics taken from https://astro.desy.de/
  • Image of the LHC by CERN Photo
  • Image of Bullet Cluster by NASA/Chandra X-ray Center

2015 Program:

Recent advances in observational astronomy and the discovery of 125-GeV Higgs boson have brought paradigm shifts on the potential connections between new fundamental particles and our understanding of their impact on the early universe and its evolution. With the content of the universe well known from astrophysical observations, a key aspect is that 27% of the universe appears to consist of dark matter. If current theories are correct, the particle physics candidate for this matter may well be observed in ongoing direct and/or indirect dark matter detection experiments or at the LHC. In addition, about 69% of the universe, the dark energy, still remains a significant mystery that major theoretical attempts are trying to understand.

The objectives of PPC 2015 are to analyze the connection between dark matter and particle physics models, discuss the connections among dark matter, grand unification models and recent neutrino results, explore predictions for ongoing and forthcoming experiments, develop a theoretical understanding of the three-neutrino oscillation parameters, provide a stimulating venue for exchange of scientific ideas among experts in these areas, communicate the importance of underground science research in dark matter, neutrino physics, unification and proton decay to the general public, support of investment in science education. The latest results from the LHC, AMS02, PLANCK, FERMI, LUX, IceCube, Reno, Daya Bay, Super-K and other experiments will be discussed along with theoretical interpretations and predictions for the upcoming experiments.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers
  • Ko Abe - The University of Tokyo - XMASS
  • Frank Avignone - University of South Carolina - CUORE
  • Howard Baer - University of Oklahoma - Axion Dark Matter
  • Borut Bajc – Jozef Stefan Institute – Baryon Number Violation
  • Baha Balantekin - University of Wisconsin, Madison - Neutrinos in Cosmology and Astrophysics
  • Catrin Bernius – NYU New York - Hints from Run 1 and Prospects from Run 2 at ATLAS
  • Alberto Carraminana - INAOE – HAWC
  • June-Ho Choi - Dongshin University - RENO
  • Ilias Cholis - FNAL – Searching for Signals of Dark Matter Galactic Annihilation
  • Pilar Coloma - FNAL - Neutrino Oscillation Phenomenology
  • Keith Dienes - University of Arizona - Dynamical Dark Matter
  • Pasquale di Bari - University of Southampton - Review and Status of Leptogenesis
  • Zelimir Djurcic – ANL - JUNO
  • Rouven Essig - SUNY Stony Brook - Dark Photon and Dark Matter
  • Lisa Everett – University of Wisconsin - Overview of Neutrino Theory
  • Raymond Frey - University of Oregon - LIGO
  • George Fuller - University of California San Diego - Neutrino Quantum Kinetics: Supernovae, the Early Universe, and Dark Matter
  • Andre de Gouvea - Northwestern University - Fundamental Physics with Muons
  • Chris Grant – UC Davis – SNO+
  • Jan Hamann – The University of Sydney – Neutrinos in Cosmology
  • Jaret Heise - Sanford Underground Research Facility - SURF Update
  • Kurt Hinterbichler - Perimeter Institute - Alternatives to Inflation
  • Shunsaku Horiuchi – Virginia Tech – Warm Dark Matter
  • Felice Iazzi - INFN – PANDA
  • Fabio Iocco - ICTP-SAIFR – Evidence for dark matter in the inner Milky Way
  • Teruki Kamon – Texas A&M University - Dark Matter Searches at CMS
  • Wai-Yee Keung - University of Illinois at Chicago - Dark Matter-Collider Connection
  • Pyungwon Ko - Korean Institute for Advanced Study - Towards EW Scale CDMs with Local Gauge Symmetries
  • Masayuki Koga - Tohoku University - Kamland-Zen
  • Qiang Li - Peking University - Hints from Run 1 and Prospects from Run 2 at CMS
  • Eric Linder - LBL - Review and Status of Dark Energy
  • Manfred Lindner - Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik - Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay
  • Michael Loewenstein - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - 3.5 keV X-ray Anomaly
  • William Louis - LANL - MiniBooNE
  • Joe Lykken - FNAL - Particle Physics Summary talk
  • Lluis Marti Magro – University of Tokyo – Super-K
  • Marvin Marshak – University of Minnesota – MINOS/NOvA/DUNE
  • Alexander Murphy – The University of Edinburgh – LUX
  • Keith Robert Rielage – LANL – Majorana Demonstrator
  • Rupak Mahapatra – Texas A&M University – CDMS
  • Pedro Machado – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid – Sterile Neutrinos
  • David McKeen – University of Washington – Dark Matter-Neutrino Connection
  • Sascha Mehlhase - Munich LMU - Dark Matter searches at ATLAS
  • Takeo Moroi – University of Tokyo -
  • Vittorio Paolone – University of Pittsburgh – T2K
  • Jogesh Pati – SLAC - Unification and Proton Decay
  • Marco Peloso – Univerity of Minnesota - Affleck-Dine Sneutrino Inflation
  • Olivier Perdereau - Laboratoire de l'Accelerateur Lineaire - PLANCK
  • Stuart Raby - Ohio State University - Unification after Run 1 at LHC
  • Kevin Reil – SLAC – Dark Energy Survey
  • Carsten Rott - Sungkyunkwan University – IceCube
  • Utpal Sarkar – PRL - Baryogenesis and LHC
  • Goran Senjanovic - ICTP/GSSI - Left-Right Symmetry at the LHC
  • Qaisar Shafi - University of Delaware - Inflation
  • Louis Strigari – Texas A&M University - Fermi-LAT
  • Wei Tang  - BNL – Daya Bay
  • Xerxes Tata – University of Hawaii at Manoa - SUSY and Dark Matter
  • Michael Turner - University of Chicago - Cosmology Summary talk
  • Kathrin Valerius - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology – KATRIN
  • Mark Vogelsberger – MIT – Simulations of Cold Dark Matter and Galaxy Formation
  • Raymond Volkas - University of Melbourne - Physics behind Neutrino Mass
  • Scott Watson – Syracuse University - Thermal history of the universe after inflation
  • Thomas Weiler - Vanderbilt University - Astrophysical Neutrinos
  • Henry Wong - Academia Sinica - TEXONO
  • Hai-Bo Yu - University of California Riverside - Self-interacting Dark Matter
  • Hongbo Zhu - High Energy Physics Institute (IHEP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing - Overview of future colliders
Parallel Talks
  • Ethan Brown - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – XENON
  • Chee Sheng Fong - University of Sao Paulo – Non-thermal CP violation in soft leptogenesis
  • Chris Kelso - University of North Florida - TBD
  • KC Kong – The University of Kansas – MadDM: New Dark Matter Tool in the LHC era
  • Suchita Kulkarni - High Energy Physics Institute - Sneutrino Dark Matter
  • Jason Kumar - University of Hawaii - Dark Matter Interactions with Charged Mediators
  • Ranjan Laha – KIPAC, Stanford University - Direct detection of dark matter in universal bound states
  • Matthias Le Dall – University of Victoria - Sensitivity to light weakly-coupled new physics at the precision frontier
  • Hyun Min Lee - Chung-Ang University - Models for SIMP Dark Matter and Dark Photon
  • Ana Malagon – University of Washington - ADMX Status and R&D
  • Mohammad Hossein Namjoo- University of Texas at Dallas - Primordial Standard Clock
  • Seongchan Park - Sungkyunkwan University & KIAS - A dark matter in neutrally natural theory
  • Fabio Pupilli - INFN-LNF – Update on OPERA results
  • Ben Rybolt – University of Tennessee - Double Chooz
  • Pearl Sandick - University of Utah - TBD
  • Brooks Thomas – Reed College - TBD
  • Cynthia Trendafilova - University of Texas at Austin - Lepton-Flavored Asymmetric Dark Matter
  • Victoria Wagner - Max-Planck - Institut für Kernphysik - Status of the GERDA Phase II Upgrade
  • David Winn - Fairfield University - Novel Scintillators, Wavelength Shifters, and Cerenkov media for Particle and Astroparticle Calorimetry at High Energy Resolution, at High Rates & Radiation Damage
  • Jiaming Zheng – University of Minnesota - Dark Matter and Gauge Coupling Unification in Non-supersymmetric SO(10) Grand Unified Models

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