In Memoriam Our Friend Thomas
By now you must all know of the sad and tragic demise of our friend, collaborator and long time Les Houches participant. He is one of the few never to have missed an event since 1999 as he enjoyed both the physics and the mountains. His first post-doc was at LAPTH and he has been a very regular visitor at LAPTH for work and leisure. Besides all the physics he contributed to, he helped us with the nitty gritty of Les Houches organisation: carrying tables and chairs to Les Houches and such things. Above all he was our friend. Just to tell you how deeply saddened and shocked we are so that you can excuse us about the relative delay in announcing this news of the site only now.
Aim and Format of the Workshop
This Workshop is the sixth in a series whose aim is to bring together theorists and experimentalists working on the phenomenology of the upcoming TeV colliders. The emphasis will be on physics at the LHC with a particular attention on the one hand on the progress in new techniques for the simulation of Standard Model processes and on the other on the latest developments concerning new mechanisms of symmetry breaking and the New Physics. These activities will be conducted in close connection with the development and improvements of tools in particular of Monte-Carlo event generators.
Themes to be covered in the Workshop range from Quantum ChromoDynamics to the mechanism of Electroweak Symmetry Breaking and Higgs physics, models of New Physics and their phenomenology. The interdependence between the signals from the New Physics and their respective backgrounds will be stressed. Three Working Groups have been set up covering these different aspects of the Physics at the LHC.
As usual within the Les Houches PhysTeV series, we expect a strong interplay and collaboration between these different groups and their subgroups. The projects are to start in January 2009 and should be completed by the end of the year 2009.
The meeting at les Houches, between June 8th and June 26th 2009, will be the central point of the Workshop where, in addition to the Working Group activities, a few lectures and review talks are planned. Participation to the Workshop is open to all. However, due to space limitation in Les Houches, attendance to the meeting is limited to 70 participants at any given point. Due to the overwhelming response of the past five sessions, this session is over a period of almost 3 weeks. Though we expect some participants to attend the full duration of the meeting, plans will be made so that a certain number of participants cover either the first or second half of the meeting, allowing us to accommodate about 110-120 participants in total this time.
Les Houches Centre for Physics is located in the French Alps, about an hour from Geneva and an hour from Annecy. The Centre has a tradition of organising Schools, Workshops and Conferences for more than five decades now and boasts an excellent library. For the purpose of this Workshop a special computing system will be installed.