City Tech to Host LoopFest XIII International Workshop on Theoretical Challenges from the Large Hadron Collider and a Future International Linear Collider

April 9, 2014 | New York City College of Technology

On June 18-20, 2014, the Department of Physics and the Center for Theoretical Physics at New York City College of Technology of The City University of New York will host LoopFest XIII, the latest is a series of workshops designed to provide a forum to coordinate activities focused on the theoretical challenges from the Large Hadron Collider and the ultra-high experimental precision of a future International Linear Collider. Scientists from the U.S., Europe and Asia will participate in this international workshop.

Following the tradition of the series, LoopFest XIII will focus on the technical aspects of recent advances in precision calculations for processes of interest in particle physics phenomenology. Areas of particular interest will include the potential of the Large Hadron Collider and International Linear Collider for precision measurements, and their role in searching for and disentangling physics beyond the Standard Model.

“Experiments at high-energy particle colliders,” says City Tech Professor Andrea Ferroglia, chairman of the local LoopFest XIII Organizing Committee, “seek to test our understanding of the behavior of elementary particles as well as to search for new and unexpected phenomena. The job of a certain group of theoretical physicists is to use the mathematical models that they believe describe the behavior of elementary particles in order to predict on paper what experimentalist will see when they collide particles in the lab. The comparison between what is predicted through calculations and what is observed in experiments tells us if our understanding of fundamental laws of
Nature is correct or not. If calculations do not correctly describe what is measured in experiments, it means that the mathematical model we are employing is incomplete and that a new model is needed.

“The mathematical model we currently employ,” Ferroglia notes, “emerged in the early 70s and during the last 40 years survived a very large number of experimental tests. For this reason it became known as the Standard Model. In particular, the Higgs boson, whose existence was predicted by the Standard Model, was discovered in 2012 at Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. The talks at the conference will describe recent predictions for processes measured at colliders, with a particular emphasis on processes measured by experiments carried out at the Large Hadron Collider.”

Two of the members of the Physics Department, Dr. Andrea Ferroglia and Dr. Giovanni Ossola, participated in several of the earlier additions of the LoopFest and they are the part of the International organizers who brought this event to City Tech. In addition to them, the LoopFest Scientific Organizing Committee includes Dr. Sally Dawson (Brookhaven National Lab), Dr. Doreen Wackeroth (SUNY Buffalo), Dr. Frank Petriello (Argonne National Lab and Northwestern University),and Dr. Lance Dixon (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center).

City Tech’s LoopFest XIII Local Organizing Committee, that will oversee the preparation and running of all activities during the days of the conference, also includes Professors Ilya Grigorenko, Darya Krym, Viviana Acquaviva, Justin Vazquez-Poritz and Roman Kezerashvili, chair of the College’s Department of Physics and director of the Center for Theoretical Physics.

While all conference events are open to the public, official participants must register in advance and pay a small conference fee to cover various conference-related expenses. Registration is required before May 15. To register, visit and click on “Register Now.”

The City Tech Center for Theoretical Physics is a unified research and teaching center focused on fundamental physics. Its primary mission is to foster and promote excellence in theoretical physics research with significant focus on mathematical physics, computational physics, condensed matter physics, particle physics, nuclear physics, and astrophysics. The center also aims to educate graduate and undergraduate students in theoretical and computational physics and to communicate its activities to the general public through public lectures and other outreach activities.