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Topological avatars of new physics

Discussion meeting

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

Scientific Discussion meeting organised by Professor Nikolaos Mavromatos, Dr Laura Patrizii, Dr Vasiliki Mitsou, Professor James Pinfold, Dr Adrian Bevan, Professor Arttu Rajantie and Professor Jonathan Ellis CBE FRS.

An artist's impression of a topological avatar of new physics in the Higgs field. Image courtesy of Professor James Pinfold

The meeting will discuss the theoretical and experimental status of searches for topologically non-trivial solutions in quantum field theories of particle physics, including the Standard Model and its extensions. It will cover both current and future colliders and cosmic searches both on Earth and in space. The topics will include black holes, magnetic monopoles, sphalerons, Q-balls and other solitonic solutions.

The schedule of talks and speaker biographies is available below. Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the meeting has taken place.

Poster session

There will be a poster session at 17:15 on Monday 4 March. If you would like to apply to present a poster please submit your proposed title, abstract (not more than 200 words and in third person), author list, name of the proposed presenter and institution to the Scientific Programmes team no later than Monday 28 January 2019. Please note that places are limited and posters are selected at the scientific organisers' discretion. Poster abstracts will only be considered if the presenter is registered to attend the meeting.

Attending the event

This meeting is intended for researchers in relevant fields. 

  • Free to attend
  • Limited places, advanced registration is essential
  • An optional lunch can be purchased during registration
  • An evening poster session and drinks reception will be held following the close of the meeting on Monday 4 March 2019. Whilst the posters are free to view for all registered participants, the corresponding optional drinks reception is ticketed. Drinks reception tickets can be purchased in advance during registration

Enquiries: Contact the Scientific Programmes team.

Event organisers

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Schedule of talks

04 March

09:00-12:30

Session 1

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Chairs

Professor Nick Mavromatos, King's College London, UK

09:00-09:20 Welcome by the Royal Society & Professor Nick Mavromatos

09:20-09:50 Quantum black holes without chaos

Professor Gerard 't Hooft, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Netherlands

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10:00-10:30 The electroweak monopole: the theory behind it, properties and its relevance in cosmology

Professor Yongmin Cho, Sogang University, Korea

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10:40-11:10 Coffee

11:10-11:40 Monopole-antimonopole: interactions, scattering and creation

Professor Tanmay Vachaspati, Arizona State University, USA

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11:50-12:20 Cosmological evolution of semilocal networks

Professor Ana Achúcarro, Professor Ana Achúcarro, Leiden University, Netherlands and University of the Basque Country, Spain

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12:30-13:30

Lunch

13:30-17:00

Session 2

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Dr Veronica Sanz, University of Sussex, UK

13:30-13:55 Machine learning techniques for detecting topological avatars of new physics

Dr Adrian Bevan, Queen Mary University of London, UK

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14:05-14:35 On the gauge group of the standard model

Professor Gerard Walter Semenoff, University of British Columbia, Canada

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14:45-15:15 Tea

15:15-15:40 Searches for cosmic magnetic monopoles: past, present and future

Dr Laura Patrizii, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Italy

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15:50-16:15 Monopole-antimonopole pair production by magnetic fields

Professor Arttu Rajantie, Imperial College London, UK

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16:25-16:50 The MoEDAL Experiment at the LHC and beyond: current status and future upgrades

Professor James Pinfold, University of Alberta, USA

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17:15-18:15 Poster Session

05 March

09:00-12:35

Session 3

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Chairs

Professor Vasiliki Mitsou, IFIC, CSIC - University of Valencia, Spain

09:00-09:30 Prospects for high energy physics, including searches for highly ionising particles in current and future colliders

Professor Albert De Roeck, CERN, Switzerland

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09:40-10:10 The inevitability of sphalerons in field theory

Professor Nicholas Manton FRS, University of Cambridge, UK

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10:20-10:45 Coffee

10:45-11:15 Baryon number violating scatterings in the laboratory

Professor S H Henry Tye, Cornell University, USA

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11:25-11:55 Baryon-number-violation processes in particle collisions at very high energies

Professor Sergei Demidov, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia

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12:00-12:25 Searching for supersymmetry

Professor John Ellis CBE FRS, King’s College London, UK

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12:35-13:35

Lunch

13:35-17:00

Session 4

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Professor Mairi Sakellariadou, King's College London, UK

13:35-14:05 Black holes in the quantum universe

Professor Steven Giddings, University of California, Santa Barbara and CERN, USA

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14:15-14:45 Primordial black holes as dark matter and their detection with gravitational waves

Professor Juan Garcia-Bellido, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain

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14:55-15:20 Tea

15:20-15:50 Black hole dark matter

Professor Marc Kamionkowski, Johns Hopkins University, USA

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16:00-17:00 Panel discussion/overview

Professor Annarita Margiotta, University of Bologna, Italy
Professor John Ellis CBE FRS, King’s College London, UK
Professor Albert De Roeck, CERN, Switzerland
Professor Steven Giddings, University of California, Santa Barbara and CERN, USA
Professor Marc Kamionkowski, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Professor Vasiliki Mitsou, IFIC, CSIC - University of Valencia, Spain
Professor James Pinfold, University of Alberta, USA
Professor Mairi Sakellariadou, King's College London, UK
Professor Veronica Sanz, University of Sussex, UK
Professor Tanmay Vachaspati, Arizona State University, USA

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Topological avatars of new physics

The meeting will discuss the theoretical and experimental status of searches for topologically non-trivial solutions in quantum field theories of particle physics, including the Standard Model and its extensions. It will cover both current and future colliders and cosmic searches both on Earth and in space. The topics will include black holes, magnetic monopoles, sphalerons, Q-balls and other solitonic solutions.

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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