Lecture 1: June 5, Monday, 17:00 - 18:15 pm
Title: The Dark Side of the Universe
Astrophysicists and cosmologists tell us that most of the Universe is invisible - the stars in galaxies are held together by dark matter and dark energy spread throughout space is accelerating the expansion of the Universe. The dark matter could be provided by particles that may be detectable at particle colliders, in deep underground experiments or in space, as in theories based on super symmetry.
Lecture 2: June 6, Tuesday, 9:15 - 10:30 am
Title: What will we see through the Higgs Portal?
Studies of the Higgs boson may reveal what particle physics lies beyond the Standard Model. Paradoxically, while the Higgs mass and coupling measurements are consistent, so far, with expectations in supersymmetric models, the LHC has not yet found any evidence of supersymmetric particles. Will these be revealed by future LHC data, or must we wait for some future collider?
Lecture 3: June 7, Wednesday, 9:15 - 10:30 am
Title: Models of Cosmological Inflation
Cosmological inflation may serve as a bridge between collider physics and physics at much higher energies, possibly string theory. The speaker will argue that supersymmetry is the appropriate general framework for constructing models of inflation, and specifically no-scale supergravity and that particle interactions may be described by a flipped SU(5) grand unified theory that also provides links with neutrino physics.
This lecture series is a part of the discussion meeting: Candles of Darkness.