Tuesday, 8/27: Both of the CMB speakers scheduled for Wednesday morning cancelled. We got word of this only today. Many thanks to Jinrui Huang and Warren Wright for stepping up on such a short notice. The schedule has been updated accordingly.
Breakfast at the hotel will be available starting at 8:30 am on Monday, in the room adjacent to the talk room.
Parking at the hotel is $8 per day for the workshop participants. Mention at the exit that you are with the LANL INFO workshop.
IMPORTANT: Please check the list of participants and the schedule of talks (see the links above)! Please make sure we have the correct dates for your hotel reservation and your talk has been scheduled at the time that works with your schedule. Please email us with any corrections ASAP. We'll try our best to accommodate any last minute changes, but please note that the schedule is full.
Also, please email us your titles ASAP!
Has all the Snowmassing on the Mississippi gotten you down? Tired of writing white papers, convening and sub-convening? Come decompress in beautiful Santa Fe, NM. INFO13: All Physics, No Politics™
As in previous years, the primary focus of our weeklong workshop will be the physics and astrophysics of neutrinos and other weakly interacting, hard-to-detect things, such as dark matter and axions. 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 and collaboration. This should be a great opportunity for students and postdocs to learn about neutrinos.
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 previous workshops in this series (see the webpages for INFO05, INFO07, INFO09, and INFO11, including the talks in PDF). It continues the annual series of workshops on physics beyond the Standard Model hosted by the Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology (T-2) group of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Some of the topics to be covered
- Current and Future Experiments: Neutrinos, Dark Matter, Axions
- 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.
- High Energy Neutrinos
- Cosmological Signatures of Neutrinos (CMB, Large-Scale Structure)
- 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, generally, experimental talks will be concentrated in the beginning of the week, and astrophysics and cosmology will be covered toward the end. We understand that, at the end of August, some participants will have teaching obligations and will make every effort to accommodate them in the schedule.
Finally, we will collect the PDF files of all talks, for posting on this web site more or less in real time. Experience from the past years shows that this promotes better understanding and discussions and is particularly useful for students and postdocs learning the subject. On the flip side, 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."
Administrative Contact (behind-the-scenes genius who makes things happen)
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). Please contact us if you would like this option. 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 August 25 and check-out on August 31) and meals (breakfast and lunch) for all external registered participants. Once again, please do not call the hotel to make your own reservations, everything is handled through LANL.
There is no registration fee for students or postdocs. Faculty members are asked to pay a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 "INFO13" on your subject line. LANL has a fairly aggressive and unpredictable spam filter. If you don't hear back from us within ~ a few days, 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 July 26, 2013. 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 and dates you plan to attend to email@example.com.
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 13
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.
Getting thereTo get to Santa Fe, usually the cheapest option is to fly into Albuquerque (ABQ) and take a shuttle – or 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), as well as places like Chicago (MDW) and Baltimore (BWI). Keep in mind that their flights are not listed on Travelocity and other similar websites, you need to go to Southwest.com.
If you do not plan to have a car, Sandia Shuttle is available at the Albuquerque Sunport to take you to La Fonda. The trip takes around one and a half hours. The fare is $28 each way or $48 round trip per person. They accept reservations by phone at (888)775-5696 or online.
If you do rent a car, you may want to take a look at the convenient directions on the hotel web site. Here is a map courtesy of Google Maps. Driving directions from ABQ are here.
Sometimes it is possible to find good flights directly into Santa Fe (SAF). American Airlines (actually, American Eagle) has daily flights to SAF from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and from Los Angeles (LAX). Great Lakes Airlines/United/Frontier have flights to SAF from Denver (DEN). Please see the airport website for more information.
SponsorshipThe meeting is sponsored by the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Please contact the organizers if you have any additional questions.
Alexander Friedland Last modified: August 27, 2013