May 20 – 21, 2021
ECT* - European Center for Theoretical Studies in Nuclear Physics and Related Areas
Europe/Zurich timezone
In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Workshop will be a ZOOM-only two-days meeting concentrated on the afternoons (EU time) of 20th - 21th May 2021

Scientific Programme

Scientific goals of the meeting

The goal of the workshop is to provide a platform for an open discussion of the potential to search for New Physics in heavy ion collisions. Specific topics include:

  • What signatures can be searched for?
  • What new particles can be found?
  • Which new exotic phenomena in the Standard Model can be probed?
  • Which ions should be used?
  • How can the integrated luminosity in heavy ion runs be optimised?
  • How can the experimental triggers be optimised?
  • How can one exploit the absence of pile-up in heavy ion collisions?
  • Are there well-motivated hardware modifications?
  • What are the implications for future colliders?

Based on the discussions we plan to form working groups to coordinate future research.

Outline of the programme

The programme will last one week. Each day will consist of one morning and two afternoon sessions. The morning session and the first afternoon session will host 2–3 longer plenary talks each. Based on our experience with the kickoff workshop we will leave room for extended discussions between the talks. The second afternoon session is reserved for discussions in smaller working groups and short presentations.

The topics to discuss include

  • Heavy ion collisions at the HL-LHC (including detector developments and light-ion species)
  • Photon-photon (ultraperipheral) collisions
  • Axion like particles (and other light scalars)
  • Long lived particles
  • Sphalerons/Instatons
  • Born-Infeld theory
  • Magnetic monopoles
  • Sexaquarks