UPDATE: The talks start at 10 am Monday morning in New Mexico room. Check the schedule (now posted) for details. Breakfast is 9-10 in the same place.
UPDATE: As a result of the flood of last-minute changes/requests, the schedule has evolved quite a bit. Please check the link above for the latest version!
UPDATE: In the unlikely event you encounter problems checking in on Sunday, contact Desiree Quintana (hotel's sales manager) at 505-995-2321 and/or Virginia Leyva (Convention Service Manager) at 505-995-2323.
The primary focus of our week long workshop will be the physics of neutrinos, broadly defined. This includes neutrinos from the Sun, reactors, laboratory beams, LHC, astrophysical sources, just to name a few. Other weakly interacting things, particularly dark matter, will also be discussed. There will be talks on both theory and experiment, with an emphasis on astrophysics and cosmology in the latter part of the week.
This will be a small (25-30 external participants), informal workshop. Every effort will be made to promote the atmosphere of discussion, in which original ideas and points of view are heard.
Participation by junior researchers is strongly encouraged. To this end, for students and postdocs the registration fee will be waived and the hotel stay covered (see below).
This workshop aims to follow the same format as the INFO 05 and INFO 07 workshops previously organized by us (see the programs for INFO05 and INFO07, including all talks in PDF). It continues the annual series of workshops on physics beyond the Standard Model hosted by the particle theory subgroup of the newly formed T-2 group of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Some of the topics to be covered
- Current and Future Experiments: Neutrino and Dark Matter
- Neutrino Properties -- Masses, Mixing, & Interactions
- Models of Neutrino Sector
- Neutrinos and the LHC
- Dark Matter: Models; Direct and Indirect Detection
- Neutrinos in Astrophysical Environments: Oscillations, Stellar Cooling, etc.
- Sterile Neutrinos
Instructions for prospective speakersAt this point, all talks are anticipated to be one hour long, unless a shorter time slot is requested by a speaker. We found this format to be superior to a typical 15-20 minute format that is common in most conferences these days: less stress, more discussion, more information conveyed.
We encourage speakers to stay for the entire week. However, if you must limit your stay here, keep in mind that experimental talks will be concentrated in the beginning of the week, and astrophysics and cosmology will be covered towards the end. Please plan your dates accordingly.
Finally, we will collect the PDF files of all talks, for posting on this web site more or less in real time. This includes any work in preparation. We encourage all speakers to carefully think through the material they would like to present. The general guideline is, "If you don't want people to know about it yet, don't present it in your talk."
VenueThe workshop will be held at La Fonda hotel, located on the historic Plaza in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. Hotel rooms will be reserved for all external participants for the duration of the workshop (unless requested otherwise). Those who wish to stay at the hotel during the weekends immediately before and after the workshop may be able to do so at the government rate (a considerable discount relative to the market rates). Please contact us if you would like this option. We will make the room reservation for the entire stay and the additional nights will be billed directly to your own credit cards. Please do NOT make your own reservations with the hotel.
Financial SupportThe workshop is sponsored by the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The support includes accommodations at the hotel for up to 6 nights (check-in on July 5 and checkout on July 11) and meals (breakfast and lunch) for all external registered participants. Once again, please do not call the hotel to make your own reservations, we do it for you.
There is no registration fee for students or postdocs. Faculty members are asked to pay a registration fee of $300. The fee is waived for all participants who will not request hotel accommodations (this group naturally includes LANL locals).
To register for the workshop, send an email to email@example.com. Please indicate your name, institution, contact information (phone, email), dates on which you plan to attend, and whether you would like to give a talk. Please include "INFO09" on your subject line. LANL has a fairly aggressive and unpredictable spam filter. If you don't hear back from us within ~ a week, please let us know.
Admission will be handled on a first-come first-served basis. Participants are encouraged to register without delay. The registration deadline is May 25, 2009. At that point, the names of all registered participants will be given to the hotel.
All local LANL participants: please register by emailing your name to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For registering faculty members: please send your registration fee of $300 to the address below:
Los Alamos National Laboratory
P O BOX 1663
MS K710-Attention INFO 09
Los Alamos, NM 87545
Please make your payment by personal check, we cannot accept credit cards. Please make the check payable in US dollars to Los Alamos National Laboratory or LANL.
Directions to La Fonda HotelTo get to Santa Fe, usually the cheapest route is to fly into Albuquerque (ABQ) and drive to Santa Fe. The distance is approximately 60 miles and usually takes around one to one and a half hours. ABQ is served by many airlines. Southwest Airlines seems to have the largest presence and offers nonstop service from most major metropolitan areas within the Western US. (San Diego, L.A. [LAX], the Bay Area [OAK], Portland, Seattle, Phoenix, Tuscon, Salt Lake City, Denver, etc) Keep in mind that their flights are not listed on travelocity.
Sometimes it is possible to find good flights directly into Santa Fe (SAF). American Eagle Airlines will have daily service to SAF from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) starting June 11, 2009. Please check with American Airlines, Travelocity, or your favorite travel agency for details on the schedule and pricing. Notice that the service from Denver has been discontinued.
You can find convenient directions on the hotel web site. Here is a map courtesy of Google Maps. This map can be used as a starting point for zooming in/out, as well as getting driving directions, for example from the Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ).
If you do not plan to have a car, Sandia Shuttle is available at the Albuquerque Sunport to take you to La Fonda in Santa Fe. The trip takes around one and a half hours. The fare is $25 each way. Make a reservation at (888)775-5696 or online.
Finally, for people attending the Aspen program, it is possible to drive to Santa Fe, as described below.
Other informationINFO 09 is timed to follow the Aspen program Neutrino Physics on Earth, in the Stars, and in the Cosmos (June 14 – July 5, Aspen, CO), co-organized by one of us. See the Aspen Center website for more information.
For people coming to Santa Fe directly from Aspen, there is an option to drive. The car trip takes about 6 hrs. The directions are here. At the moment, Hertz shows rates of about $170 to rent a car one way from Aspen to downtown Santa Fe. If you are interested to share the ride with somebody else, please let us know and we will try to put you in contact with others in the similar situation.
The INFO 09 workshop participants may also find of interest the cosmology workshop that will take place in Santa Fe on July 6 - 24. Contact Salman Habib for more information.
- LANL T-2 group: Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology
- LANL Physics Division
- The Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP)
- Department of Energy (Office of HEP)
Please contact the organizers if you have any additional questions.
Alexander Friedland Last modified: Sat Jul 4, 2009