Spåtind 2018 - Nordic Conference on Particle Physics

Skeikampen, Norway

Skeikampen, Norway

Hotellvegen 3, 2652 Svingvoll, Norway
Farid Ould-Saada (University of Oslo (NO))


The 25th Nordic Particle Physics Meeting (Spåtind 2018) will take place at the Thon Hotel in Skeikampen (Norway), from Tuesday, January 2 to Sunday, January 7, 2018. The program consists of lectures and overview presentations on some of the most topical subjects in particle physics and related fields. In addition, participants are invited to give contributed talks at the conference.

The lectures will include the following topics:

  • Particle physics in the era of LHC: Searches for new physics, Standard Model measurements, Heavy ion physics, ...
  • Gravity and gravitational waves
  • Dark Matter and Dark Sector
  • Recent theoretical advances in particle physics
  • Future accelerators: machines and physics: Future Circular Colliders, High Luminosity and High Energy LHC;  European Spallation Source (ESS) and neutrino super beams (nuSB)
  • Particle physics in the era of artificial intelligence, new directions in software and computing, connecting the dots - Track reconstruction in the era of data science

Registration and Contributions

Registration for the meeting is now open and will be closed on Friday 15 Dec 2017. See registration in the menu on the left.

Deadline for abstracts for contributed talks is also 15 Dec 2017. Abstract are recommended to be provided already at the time of registration or submitted later as plain text to spaatind2018 [at] fys.uio.no.


All participants must make the hotel reservation themselves! See Accommodation  in the menu on the left. Hurry up as the price might increase later!

Registration Form
  • Alain Blondel
  • Albert De Roeck
  • Aleksandr Savchenko
  • Aleksi Kurkela
  • Alex Alonso
  • Alexander Read
  • Anagha Vasudevan
  • Anders Kvellestad
  • Anders Tranberg
  • Andreas Heggelund
  • Andreas Helset
  • Andreas Salzburger
  • Andrii Dashko
  • Andrii Oshlianskyi
  • Anna Lipniacka
  • Anton Kuncinas
  • Are Raklev
  • Ashley McDougall
  • August Geelmuyden
  • Bjarne Stugu
  • Chris Messenger
  • Christian Michelsen
  • Christian Ohm
  • Craig Wiglesworth
  • Daniel Alvestad
  • Daria Danilova
  • David Damgaard
  • Denys Timoshyn
  • Dmitrii Nesterov
  • Dmytrii Sachenko
  • Edvin Sidebo
  • Eirik Gramstad
  • Elena Lushchevskaia
  • Eli Bæverfjord Rye
  • Elizaveta Zherebtsova
  • Eric Edward Corrigan
  • Even Håland
  • Evgeny Kashirin
  • Evgeny Shulga
  • Evgeny Zabrodin
  • Farid Ould-Saada
  • Fawad Hassan
  • Filip Backman
  • Francesco Sannino
  • Graeme Stewart
  • Grigory Nigmatkulov
  • Haakon Midthun Kolstoe
  • Hallstein Høgåsen
  • Helle Gormsen
  • Helén Persson
  • Henning Kirschenmann
  • Inga Strümke
  • Ingrid Holm
  • Iuliia Gornaia
  • James Catmore
  • Jan Conrad
  • Jan Olav Eeg
  • Jeriek Van den Abeele
  • Joergen Sjoelin
  • Jon Vegard Sparre
  • Joona Juhani Havukainen
  • Kai Schmidt-Hoberg
  • Kimmo Kallonen
  • Knut Oddvar Hoie Vadla
  • Kristian Bjørke
  • Kyle Stuart Cranmer
  • Larissa Bravina
  • Magnar Kopangen Bugge
  • Malgorzata Anna Janik
  • Mark Gorenstein
  • Mark Yuhai
  • Markus Blytt
  • Max Isacson
  • Meera Vieira Machado
  • Michael Arlandoo
  • Mikael Martensson
  • mikkel jensen
  • Mikko Lotti
  • Milena Bajic
  • Mogens Dam
  • Musfer Adzhymambetov
  • Nazar Yakovenko
  • Nikita Ermakov
  • Nikita Grygoryev
  • Nils-Erik Bomark
  • Oda Langrekken
  • Ole Røhne
  • Oleg Golosov
  • Oleg Savchuk
  • Oleksandr Vitiuk
  • Oleksandra Panova
  • Oleksii Mikulenko
  • Peter Hansen
  • Peter Winkel Rasmussen
  • Poul Damgaard
  • Rosanna Ignazzi
  • Sandaker Heidi
  • Santeri Laurila
  • Simen Hellesund
  • Simon Millerjord
  • Sissel Bay Nielsen
  • Sonja Kabana
  • Stanislav Vilchynskyi
  • Steen Hansen
  • Stefan Hasselgren
  • Stefania Xella
  • Steffen Maeland
  • Svetlana Belokurova
  • Taisiia Tysak
  • Tomas Gonzalo
  • Tord Ekelöf
  • Torsten Bringmann
  • Troels Petersen
  • Tuomas Lappi
  • Vanja Morisbak
  • vlad past
  • Volodymyr Horkavenko
  • Volodymyr Shapoval
  • Yevheniia Khyzhniak
  • Yurii Kvasiuk
  • Yury Sinyukov
    • 14:00 17:00
      Buses from Gardermoen Airport to Skeikampen: first bus @ 2pm ; second bus @ 5pm 3h

      Please go to the "Norway bussekpress" desk in the arrivals hall. They will tell you which platform to catch the bus from.

    • 17:00 20:30
      Arrival (Registration, collection of room keys) 3h 30m
    • 19:30 22:00
      Buffet dinner 2h 30m
    • 08:30 08:45
      Welcome and practicalities 15m
      Speaker: Farid Ould-Saada (University of Oslo (NO))
    • 08:45 09:30
      Wednesday AM: Recent results from the LHC (I)
      Convener: Farid Ould-Saada (University of Oslo (NO))
      • 08:45
        Recent results from the LHC 45m

        In these lectures we will introduce the LHC and experiments, and walk through the physics program as it has been conducted so far. Special attention will be given to our present understanding of the Standard Model measurements including the studies related to the Higgs particle, and to searches for new physics beyond the Standard Model. These searches encompass the search for direct production for new particles or forces, as well indirect search channels via precision measurements for examples via heavy flavour production. A bit of the recent history of excesses seen at the LHC will be included as well.

    • 09:30 10:15
      Wednesday AM: Recent Theoretical Advances
      Convener: Farid Ould-Saada (University of Oslo (NO))
      • 09:30
        The Future of Particle Physics: Charting Fundamental Interactions 45m

        I will provide a critical overview of the state-of-the-art in particle physics. I will then introduce new Wilsonian theories of fundamental interactions that have recently been put forward that are able to address old paradigms and that offer novel avenues for (astro) particle physics and cosmology.

        Speaker: francesco Sannino (CP3-Origins)
    • 10:15 10:35
      Wednesday AM: Straight to the point
      Convener: Farid Ould-Saada (University of Oslo (NO))
      • 10:15
        Critical point of nuclear matter and beam energy dependence of net proton number fluctuations 20m

        Critical point of nuclear matter and beam energy dependence of net proton number fluctuations

        Speaker: Mark Gorenstein (Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics)
    • 10:35 15:30
      Skiing and lunch 4h 55m
    • 15:30 16:15
      Wednesday PM: Heavy Ion Physics - theory
      Convener: Larisa Bravina (University of Oslo (NO))
      • 15:30
        Heavy Ion Physics 45m

        I will discuss recent developments in theory of heavy ion physics. In particular, I will discuss how relativistic fluid dynamics arises from fundamental interactions and how the emergence of collective phenomena can be studied by focusing in questions where the hydrodynamical paradigm is under stress.

        Speaker: Eero Aleksi Kurkela (CERN)
    • 16:15 17:00
      Wednesday PM: Heavy Ion Physics - experiment
      Convener: Larisa Bravina (University of Oslo (NO))
    • 17:00 17:30
      Coffee/tea 30m
    • 17:30 19:15
      Wednesday PM: Contributed talks
      Convener: Peter Hansen (University of Copenhagen (DK))
      • 17:30
        Study of the SM Higgs boson decaying to WW with ATLAS 15m

        After the discovery of the Standard Model Higgs boson in 2012, we have entered the era of precision measurements of this particle. The decay to two W bosons constitutes the second largest branching ratio for the decay of the Higgs. An overview of the analysis strategy in the Higgs boson cross section measurement in the H->WW(*)->evμv decay channel performed by the ATLAS experiment will be presented. The measurement is made using proton-proton collision data at sqrt(s)=13 TeV collected during 2015 and 2016, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 36/fb. As the analysis is currently being finalised, focus will be on the analysis method and selections.

        Speaker: Edvin Sidebo (KTH Royal Institute of Technology (SE))
      • 17:45
        On interference and non-interference in the SMEFT 15m

        We discuss interference in the limit m^2W/s→0 in the Standard Model Effective Field Theory (SMEFT). Dimension six operators that contribute to ψ¯ψ→ψ′¯1ψ′2ψ′¯3ψ′4 scattering events can experience a suppression of interference effects with the Standard Model in this limit. This occurs for subsets of phase space in some helicity configurations. We show that approximating these scattering events by 2→2 on-shell scattering results for intermediate unstable gauge bosons, and using the narrow width approximation, can miss interference terms present in the full phase space. Such interference terms can be uncovered using off-shell calculations as we explicitly show and calculate. We also demonstrate that the SMEFT expansion and the narrow width approximation do not commute, and discuss some phenomenological implications of these results

        Speaker: Mr Andreas Helset
      • 18:00
        The Little Bang of Heavy Ion Collisions 15m

        The Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP) produced in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) undergoes a similar evolution to that of our Universe. The collision produces an explosive expansion caused by high pressure gradients and it then cools down, forming free-streaming hadrons. The earliest stages of the Universe are probed through the cosmic microwave background (CMB). In a similar manner to the analysis performed on it, we calculate the multiplicity power spectrum of heavy ion collisions and present the issues of dealing with a partial "sky" coverage.

        Speaker: Ms Meera Vieira Machado (Niels Bohr Institute)
      • 18:15
        Investigation of hadron collisions with angular correlations 15m

        Two-particle angular correlations as a function of pseudorapidity difference, $\Delta\eta$, and azimuthal angle difference, $\Delta\varphi$, are a comprehensive tool which allows the explaration of the underlying physics phenomena of particle production in collisions of both protons and heavy ions. These correlations open up the possibility to study a number of mechanisms simultaneously. Many phenomena, including mini-jets, elliptic flow, Bose-Einstein correlations, resonance decays, conservation laws, are sources of correlations. In this talk I will present an short overview of two-particle angular correlation measurements, with emphasis on recent surprising results of the correlations of identified particles ($\pi$, K, p, $\Lambda$) in pp collisions at sqrt(s) = 7 TeV from ALICE.

        Speaker: Malgorzata Anna Janik (Warsaw University of Technology (PL))
      • 18:30
        Dynamical vs. geometric anisotropy in relativistic heavy-ion collisions 15m

        We study the influence of geometric and dynamical anisotropies on the development of flow harmonics and, simultaneously, on the second- and third-order oscillations of femtoscopy radii. The analysis is done within the Monte Carlo event generator HYDJET++, which was extended to dynamical triangular deformations. It is shown that the merely geometric anisotropy provides the results which anticorrelate with the experimental observations of either (or ) or second-order (or third-order) oscillations of the femtoscopy radii. Decays of resonances significantly increase the emitting areas but do not change the phases of the radii oscillations. In contrast to the spatial deformations, the dynamical anisotropy alone provides the correct qualitative description of the flow and the femtoscopy observables simultaneously. However, one needs both types of the anisotropy to match quantitatively the experimental data.

        Speakers: Larisa Bravina (University of Oslo (NO)), Evgeny Zabrodin (Universiyu of Oslo)
      • 18:45
        Charmed states on the lattice 15m

        Study of the charmonium states play important role in understanding of the strong interaction. The most interesting charmonium states lie near or above open charm threshold. Nature of such states is of interest to modern physics. Recent lattice calculations have performed the necessary extrapolations and considered spectra as well as certain radiative transitions. The lattice QCD simulations of X(3872) with J P C = 1++ have been performed in this study. The mass of this state , 3872 MeV, is very close to the sum of the masses of the D0 and D0∗ mesons and decays to D0 and D0∗ were observed, giving rise to two other explanations for what the mysterious X could be: a loosely-bound “molecule” of the D0 and D0∗ mesons, or a “tetra-quark” binding a di-quark and a di-antiquark. We also have proposed the approach to determine the nature of this state.

        Speaker: Dr Elena Lushchevskaya (ITEP)
    • 19:15 20:45
      Dinner 1h 30m
    • 20:45 21:45
      100 years of gravitational waves: history and discovery: evening presentation
      Convener: Prof. Fawad Hassan (Stockholm University)
      • 20:45
        100 years of gravitational waves - history and discovery 45m

        In 1916 Albert Einstein showed that gravitational waves were a natural consequence of his theory of general relativity (GR) . Nothing much was done about this feature of GR until the 1950s since it was deemed to be either an unphysical mathematical oddity or simply too unfathomably small to ever be useful. In fact, if they were to ever be detected then the only things in the universe that could generate them would be exotic astrophysical objects exhibiting highly dynamic behaviour. 100 years on, based on the vision of a handful of key players and the hard work of thousands of others, we are now able to detect these ripples in space-time and obtain an entirely new view of the universe.

        Speaker: Prof. Christopher Messenger (University of Glasgow)
    • 08:30 09:15
      Thursday AM: Recent results from the LHC (II)
      Convener: Prof. Anna Lipniacka (University of Bergen (NO))
    • 09:15 10:00
      Thursday AM: Dark Matter - theoretical overview
      Convener: Anna Lipniacka (University of Bergen (NO))
      • 09:15
        Dark matter - theoretical overview 45m

        Dark matter - theoretical overview

        Speaker: Kai Ronald Schmidt-Hoberg (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DE))
    • 10:00 10:20
      Thursday AM: Straight to the point
      Convener: Anna Lipniacka (University of Bergen (NO))
      • 10:00
        GAMBIT: What is it and where is it going? 20m

        I will introduce the recently released software package the Global and Modular BSM Inference Tool (GAMBIT), focusing on the core features of GAMBIT and highlighting its collider physics module, ColliderBit. I will also briefly discuss some ongoing work within the GAMBIT collaboration, both in terms of software extensions and physics analyses.

        Speaker: Dr Anders Kvellestad (Nordita)
    • 10:20 15:30
      Skiing and lunch 5h 10m
    • 15:30 16:15
      Thursday PM: Machine learning in the era of Artificial Intelligence
      Convener: Poul Damgaard (Technical University of Denmark)
      • 15:30
        Particle physics in the era of Artificial Intelligence 45m

        The present landscape and the open questions in particle physics will be briefly reviewed, showing that they call for new means of investigation both towards higher energy and towards more sensitivity to small couplings.
        CERN is preparing actively, according to the recommendation of the 2013 European Strategy, for an ambitious post-LHC accelerator complex. The 100km circumference Future Circular Collider (FCC) study comprise an e+e- high luminosity collider covering the full electroweak scale (90-365 GeV E_CM), a 100 TeV pp collider as ultimate goal; the possibility of heavy ions and and e-p collisions are considered. A similar project is under study in China. Linear e+e- colliders would be of interest if electroweakly coupled particles exist above the top quark mass and below about 1.5 TeV are indicated at the LHC. For higher energy lepton collisions, muon colliders become attractive.

        Speaker: Kyle Stuart Cranmer (New York University (US))
    • 16:15 17:00
      Thursday PM: European Spallation Source - Neutrino Super Beam
      Convener: Poul Damgaard (Technical University of Denmark)
      • 16:15
        The proposed ESS neutrino Super Beam and its physics case 45m

        Searching for a difference between neutrino and anti-neutrino oscillations may open the way towards new fundamental physics and an explanation of why the world is made of only matter and no anti-matter. To discover such a difference, the development of a very large neutrino detector and a high-intensity neutrino beam is needed. The same detector will make possible investigations of cross-disciplinary phenomena like the energy generating processes in the Sun, the mechanism of Supernovae explosions and the radiogenic heating in the Earth's interior. The planned location of the neutrino detector, called GRIPnu, is in the Garpenberg mine ca 150 km north of Stockholm. The uniquely high-intensity ESS neutrino Super Beam will be generated using an upgraded ESS proton linac in Lund. Physicists from Sweden, France, Turkey, Spain, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Bulgaria, Poland, Switzerland and United Kingdom contribute to the EU H2020-supported Design Study of this neutrino research infrastructure and its physics case.

        Speaker: Tord Johan Carl Ekelof (Uppsala University (SE))
    • 17:00 17:30
      Coffee/tea 30m
    • 17:30 19:15
      Thursday PM: Contributed talks
      Convener: Stefania Xella (University of Copenhagen (DK))
      • 17:30
        First physics results with GAMBIT 15m

        I will present the first Beyond the Standard Model (BSM) global fit results obtained using the new Global And Modular BSM Inference Tool (GAMBIT). With GAMBIT we have analysed the GUT-motivated supersymmetry models CMSSM, NUHM1 and NUHM2; the weak-scale MSSM7; and a scalar singlet dark matter model. Our analyses improve on existing results in terms of the number of included observables and the level of detail in the treatment of these, in the employed scanning techniques and the treatment of nuisance parameters.

        Speaker: Are Raklev (University of Oslo (NO))
      • 17:45
        Sterile neutrinos in GAMBIT 15m

        The type-I seesaw mechanism, able to explain the lightness of the three active neutrinos, requires the existence of exotic heavy neutral fermions, with a mass ranging from a few MeV to around a TeV. We propose a model with three such sterile neutrinos where the mixing matrices are parametrized using the Casas-Ibarra scheme. Direct dectection constrains coming from DELPHI and ATLAS among others have been implemented, as well as indirect constraints such as big bang nucleosynthesis, neutrinoless double beta decay and lepton flavour violation. Using the GAMBIT framework we then have performed global fits on the model parameters and looked for regions of the parameter space that are statistically preferred.

        Speaker: Tomas Gonzalo
      • 18:00
        Separating heavy Higgses using machine learning 15m

        We study the prospects for using deep neural networks to distinguish collider signals from heavy and mass degenerate CP-odd and CP-even Higgs bosons. The close overlap in the kinematic features highlights a challenge related to the bias introduced by training data.

        Speaker: Inga Strumke (University of Bergen (NO))
      • 18:15
        Deep learning particle tracks in the CMS detector 15m

        In order to improve track reconstruction in Run 2 and to prepare for the increasingly difficult detector conditions of Run 3 at the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector, the use of novel machine learning methods in the CMS tracking are being studied. These methods provide ways to deal with for example the high particle densities, growing combinatorics and track quality assignments in the tracker. In this talk I will discuss the CMS track reconstruction, it's challenges in Run 2 and Run 3 and how we can use machine learning to ensure the continued high level of performance in track reconstruction.

        Speaker: Joona Juhani Havukainen (Helsinki Institute of Physics (FI))
      • 18:30
        Using Machine Learning for a Fast Evaluation of Supersymmetric NLO Cross Sections 15m

        In this Masters thesis we have developed a faster way to calculate
        supersymmetric cross sections at next-to-leading order (NLO) by using
        machine learning techniques. This method teaches the computer software
        to imitate the cross section function, facilitating the evaluation of a
        large number of parameter points in a short period of time. Training is
        carried out based on data generated with SoftSUSY and Prospino 2.1. We
        have used the phenomenological MSSM-24 as an example model with the
        production of gluino pairs as an example process.

        Speaker: Jon Vegard Sparre (University of Oslo)
      • 18:45
        Embedding simulated particles into real data in search for charged Higgs bosons 15m

        Particle physics experiments typically require that background processes affecting the measurement are taken into account in the data analysis. In collider experiments, this means estimating how large fraction of the observed collision events actually originate from background processes and not from signal events.

        The background event yields are usually estimated from simulation or with a separate background measurement, conducted in a control region where possible signal does not affect the measurement. However, simulated results always always rely on certain theoretical models and suffer from both theoretical and statistical uncertainties. On the other hand, measuring background from data is feasible only when there exists a control region that is similar enough to signal region but free of signal contamination.

        In this talk, a third approach to background estimation is presented. The embedding method aims to combine the best features of background simulation and measurement. This method uses collision events that are very similar to actual signal, except that some of the particles present in the collision events are of "wrong" type. For example, if signal contains tau leptons, similar events containing muons (instead of taus) can be used for embedding. Then the "wrong" type of particles (muons) are carefully removed from event data, and replaced with simulated particles of the correct type (taus). The outcome is a hybrid data sample, where each collision event contains an underlying event from data and only a few simulated particles that were not present in the original event.

        Examples of recent applications of the embedding method are given, and a current project to apply embedding in a search of charged Higgs bosons in the CMS experiment is presented. An ongoing analysis is searching for charged Higgs bosons decaying to a hadronic tau and a neutrino. The embedding method allows estimation of the large background of standard model events containing a hadronic tau, using a data sample with muons instead of taus in the final state. The discovery of a charged Higgs boson would be a clear signature of physics beyond the standard model.

        Speaker: Santeri Henrikki Laurila (Helsinki Institute of Physics (FI))
    • 19:15 20:45
      Dinner 1h 30m
    • 20:45 21:45
      Thursday PM: Particle Physics and Education
      Convener: Anders Tranberg
      • 20:45
        Teaching particle physics to teacher students 30m

        Since Norwegian high school teacher are required to teach particle physics, it is important to give them as good an understanding of the topic as possible. Since also many students who does not venture into more advanced physics courses, show an interest in particle physics, we face a challenge in how to teach these topics in a non-technical fashion. I will discuss aspects of coming to grips with the notion of particles, which is causing a lot of confusion in quantum mechanics, especially how to difuse the "particle-wave" confusion. Here the idea of particles as some kind of energy-quanta, as first discussed by Einstein, plays an important role. In addition, gauge theory is a vital component in understanding particle physics at a deeper level, and especially understanding the Higgs mechanism at all. Here a simple but accurate analogy will be presented that can do this without resorting to too complicated mathematics.

        Speaker: Nils-Erik Bomark
      • 21:15
        LHC discoveries and particle physics concepts for education 30m

        With the advent of higher energies and higher collision rates, the LHC continues the exciting voyage towards new physics, allowing physicists all over the world to explore a previously unknown territory full of promise. So far the International Particle Physics Outreach Group (IPPOG) international masterclass developers, with the help of physicists and in close contact with teachers, have been successful in designing educational material and in engaging high school students to work, with real LHC data, on current hot topics, such as the discovery of the Higgs boson. One of the current challenges is to convey advanced physics concepts and to introduce new ideas beyond today’s theoretical framework describing the content of the Universe and its evolution. How can we influence the teaching at schools in order to provide a better basis for attending masterclass-like events, and in general for understanding experimental results and new theoretical ideas? An IPPOG initiative deals with effective ways of explaining new physics. Moreover, physicists, in close contact with high school teachers and university departments of education, are investigating a more professional and research-based view on methods and ideas for introducing and explaining new physics concepts. A program plan, together with relevant material, must be created and incorporated to suit the high school curriculum and even replace the ordinary text book on the subject. This is crucial in order to enable us to explain new physics concepts and related enigmas such as dark matter, the role of gravity at the quantum scale, the possible unification of all fundamental forces and the physics of the early Universe. Eirik Gramstad, Farid Ould-Saada, Magnar Bugge

        Speaker: Eirik Gramstad (University of Oslo (NO))
    • 08:30 09:15
      Friday AM: Direct detection of Dark Matter
      Convener: Bjarne Stugu (University of Bergen (NO))
      • 08:30
        Direct detection of dark matter 45m

        In my contribution I will review the status of direct detection of dark matter, currently focusing on Weakly Interacting Massive Particle. I will also discuss some future direction and if time allows comment on complementarity with other detection techniques.

        Speaker: Jan Conrad (Stokcholm University)
    • 09:15 10:00
      Friday AM: Dark matter and Dark Sector at the LHC
      Convener: Bjarne Stugu (University of Bergen (NO))
      • 09:15
        Dark Matter and Dark Sector at the LHC 45m

        Dark Matter and Dark Sector at the LHC

        Speaker: Christian Ohm (KTH Royal Institute of Technology (SE))
    • 10:00 10:20
      Friday AM: Straight to the point
      Convener: Bjarne Stugu (University of Bergen (NO))
      • 10:00
        The BSM Electroweak Phase Transition 15m

        The Electroweak Phase Transition in the Minimal SM is known to be an equilibrium crossover. But extended scalar sectors (extra singlet, doublet) may render the transition first order, opening up the possibility of explaining the cosmological baryon asymmetry and providing a cosmological source of gravitational waves. I will present recent work on determining the order of the phase transition perturbatively and non-perturbatively.

        Speaker: Anders Tranberg
    • 10:20 15:30
      Skiing and lunch 5h 10m
    • 15:30 16:15
      Friday PM: Advances in Software and Computing
      Convener: Mogens Dam (University of Copenhagen (DK))
      • 15:30
        Advances in software and computing for HEP 45m

        High energy particle physics faces huge challenge in software and
        computing in the coming decade. At the LHC ALICE and LHCb will make
        major upgrades for Run 3, requiring much improved software, while the
        challenges faced by ATLAS and CMS for High Luminosity LHC imply that
        software and computing must improve by around x10 beyond technology
        evolution alone to fit into the anticipated resources. Belle II and
        DUNE will also start their data taking with comparable rates. This
        problem is made all the harder to solve because developments in
        computing hardware do not provide the simple Moore's Law scaling of
        the past. Concurrency, multi-core and vector, has become essential for
        achieving performance on CPUs. Adapting many pieces of HEP code that
        were developed decades ago for this is a major challenge. GPUs and
        FPGAs are now increasingly used and require a complete rethinking of
        many algorithms and software frameworks. In each case software
        sustainability also needs to improve.

        To tackle this challenge the HEP Software Foundation launched a
        Community White Paper process to lay out a roadmap for HEP computing
        evolution into the 2020s. I will outline the process that was
        undertaken to gather input from across the HEP community. I will look
        at the main areas of work, from event generation to analysis, and
        survey the research and development projects for the coming years. Finally, I will conclude
        on how the community can turn the white paper proposals into a genuine
        "software upgrade" process that matches the ambition of the rest of
        the HEP experimental program.

        Speaker: Graeme Stewart (CERN)
    • 16:15 17:00
      Friday PM: Connecting the Dots
      Convener: Mogens Dam (University of Copenhagen (DK))
      • 16:15
        Connecting the Dots - Track reconstruction in the era of Data Science 45m

        The reconstruction of trajectories from charged particles in the ATLAS Inner Detector is the most single CPU intensive part of the event reconstruction. The currently implemented combinatorial approach with track following will suffer strongly from the increasing event complexity foreseen with the future high luminosity programs in high energy physics. On the other hand, machine learning (ML) is a rapidly growing sector in academics and industry, which has large potential overlap and opportunities for application in track reconstruction. One such attempts to foster external expertise for high luminosity track reconstruction is the upcoming track reconstruction machine learning challenge, a follow-up initiative of the ATLAST Higgs machine learning challenge hosted by kaggle.

        Speaker: Andreas Salzburger (CERN)
    • 17:00 17:30
      Coffee/tea 30m
    • 17:30 19:30
      Friday PM: Contributed talks
      Convener: Joergen Sjoelin (Stockholm University (SE))
      • 17:30
        Search for direct production of sleptons in proton-proton collisions at √s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector 15m

        The Standard Model (SM) of particle physics is currently the best theory for describing elementary particles and their interactions, but there are several problems and open questions related to it. For instance it does not incorporate gravity, and it does not explain dark matter, hence there is a need for new fundamental theories of nature beyond the current theory. A theory that addresses some of the problems with the SM is Supersymmetry, as a symmetry between fermions and bosons, which predicts a superpartner for each SM particle.
        Here we present a search for direct production of sleptons, which are the supersymmetric partners of the leptons. The sleptons are assumed to decay to leptons and neutralinos, where the latter is considered to be a good dark matter candidate particle. The data set used in the analysis consists of an integrated luminosity of 36.1 1/fb from proton-proton collisions at 13 TeV centre-of-mass energy collected by the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron collider at CERN in 2015 and 2016. No significant excess above the expected Standard Model background is observed.

        Speaker: Even Simonsen Haaland (University of Oslo (NO))
      • 17:50
        Search for new phenomena in the dilepton final state using proton-proton collisions at √s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector 15m

        A search is conducted for new resonant and nonresonant high-mass phenomena in di-electron and dimuon final states. The search uses 36.1 fb−1 of proton-proton collision data, collected at √s = 13 TeV by the ATLAS experiment at the LHC in 2015 and 2016. No significant deviation from the Standard Model prediction is observed. Upper limits at 95% credibility level are set on the cross-section times branching ratio for resonances decaying into dileptons, which are converted to lower limits on the resonance mass, up to 4.1 for the E6-motivated Z'χ. Lower limits on the qqℓℓ contact interaction scale are set between 24 TeV and 40 TeV, depending on the model. The analysis strategy is being reworked in the next iteration of the analysis, including going from a Monte Carlo based analysis to a data driven approach. The next publication is planned for early 2018, as soon as the current LHC run 2 ends.

        Speaker: Simen Hellesund (University of Oslo (NO))
      • 18:10
        Search for electroweak production of supersymmetric particles in the two and three lepton final state at √s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector 15m

        A search for the electroweak production of charginos, neutralinos and sleptons decaying to final states involving two or three electrons or muons is presented. The analysis is based on 36.1 fb^{-1} of √s=13 TeV proton-proton collisions recorded by the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider. No significant deviations from the Standard Model expectation are observed and results are interpreted in a range of scenarios based on simplified models. Considered scenarios include the associated production of mass-degenerate next-to-lightest neutralino and lightest chargino, followed by their decays to final-state leptons and lightest neutralinos via either sleptons or Standard Model gauge bosons; direct production of chargino pairs, which in turn decay to leptons and lightest neutralinos via intermediate sleptons; and slepton pair production, where each slepton decays directly to the lightest neutralino and a lepton. Stringent limits at 95% confidence level are placed on the masses of relevant supersymmetric particles in each of these scenarios.

        Speakers: Knut Oddvar Hoie Vadla (University of Oslo (NO)), Dr Eirik Gramstad (University of Oslo (NO))
      • 18:30
        Search for new resonances in events with one lepton and missing transverse momentum in pp collisions at √s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector 15m

        The results of a search for new heavy W' bosons decaying to an electron or muon and a neutrino using proton-proton collision data at a centre-of-mass energy of 13 TeV are presented. The dataset was collected in 2015 and 2016 by the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider and corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 36.1 fb-1. As no excess of events above the Standard Model predictions is observed, the results are used to set upper limits on the W' boson cross-section times branching ratio to an electron or muon and a neutrino as a function of the W' mass. Assuming a W' boson with the same couplings as the Standard Model W boson, W' masses below 5.1 TeV are excluded at the 95% confidence level. We also exploit the opportunity to discuss briefly the plan for a new MSc project devoted to a search for heavy Majorana neutrinos decaying to final states with same-sign leptons and jets.

        Speaker: Magnar Kopangen Bugge (University of Oslo (NO))
      • 18:50
        Gamma rays from dark matter annihilation into heavy mesons 15m

        From the perspective of indirect detection, gamma rays would make excellent messengers of a potential dark matter signal. Not only do they point towards their sources, their energy spectrum may also carry smoking-gun features that allow to pinpoint the particle nature of dark matter. In particular, Bringmann et al. (2017) recently highlighted that excited Standard Model meson states, resulting from the annihilation or decay of GeV-scale dark matter candidates, give rise to distinctive MeV gamma-ray signatures.

        Currently, there is a notable lack of experimental sensitivity in the MeV range. This has prompted several dedicated satellite mission proposals, like e-ASTROGAM, that would address the so-called 'MeV gap' within roughly a decade. Given the large astrophysical backgrounds, the presence of monochromatic lines or box shapes in the observed gamma-ray spectrum could be crucial in identifying a signal. Ongoing work focuses on how quarkonium resonances can further enhance such spectral features arising from transitions between heavy-meson states.

        Speaker: Mr Jeriek Van den Abeele (University of Oslo)
    • 19:30 20:45
      Dinner 1h 15m
    • 20:45 22:45
      Lightning talks and "Kos"

      All students at all stages are warmly invited to show their work in a 5 minute “lightning talk” at an informal evening session on Friday. Slides are welcome (5 slides maximum) or if you prefer to use the board or just speech, this is fine as well. 

      If you use the board, we will project it onto the screen via a camera.

      Conveners: Eirik Gramstad (University of Oslo (NO)), James Catmore (University of Oslo (NO))
      • 20:45
        Enhancing detectibility of tri-lepton signatures of Tau-Sneutrino NLSP using machine learning 5m

        I would like to present my master thesis project, where I study the phenomenology of a supersymmetric model with sneutrino as the NLSP. I look at the tri-lepton signature, two hadronic taus and one lepton (electron or muon), which in my model comes mostly from slepton-sneutrino production. The aim is to improve detectability of this signal using machine learning instead of traditional cut-and-count methods.

        Speaker: Mr Daniel Alvestad (University of Bergen)
      • 20:55
        Measurement of $B^0_s \rightarrow \psi(2S) \phi$ / $B^0_s \rightarrow J/\psi \phi$ ratio 5m

        In this talk we will have a brief look at the two decay modes $B^0_s \rightarrow J/\psi \phi$ and $B^0_s \rightarrow\psi(2S)\phi$ and the measurement of the corresponding ratio. To guarantee identical topologies between the two decays we have chosen to only look at the $\psi(2S)\rightarrow \mu^+\mu^-$ and $J/\psi \rightarrow \mu^+\mu^{-}$ modes. A quick look at the peaking backgrounds $B^0_s \rightarrow J/\psi f_0(980)$ and $B^0_s \rightarrow\psi(2S)f_0(980)$ is also given attention.

        Speaker: Haakon Midthun Kolstoe
      • 21:05
        Small-scale intragalactic dark halos and gravitational microlensing 5m

        Structure formation in the cold dark matter scenario predicts a large number of small-scale intragalactic dark halos. The existence of these objects has not yet been verified. Can they be detected through gravitational microlensing?

        Speaker: August Geelmuyden
      • 21:15