Physics of the Large Hadron Collider

Coordinators: Csaba Csaki, Tao Han, JoAnne Hewett, James Wells

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will begin operation by the end of 2007. The 14 TeV center-of-mass energies produced by the proton-proton collisions at the LHC will probe a new energy frontier, which promises to help answer many outstanding questions in fundamental physics.

One of the most pressing questions is the origin of electroweak symmetry breaking, and more broadly the origin of elementary particle masses. As the LHC will scatter partons at energies well above the elementary particle masses, we expect the dynamics at the source of mass generation to become apparent. We further expect that the mechanism by which the weak scale is stabilized will manifest itself in the careful searches for new particles and interactions at the TeV scale. Other fundamental questions are at stake during the LHC era, such as the nature of dark matter, origin of the baryon asymmetry, sources of CP violation, and the organizing principles for flavor physics.

The primary goal of this workshop is to focus on what can be learned from LHC experiments. We want to develop a more complete picture of how theories map to LHC observables and vice versa. To accomplish this goal, the workshop intends to bring together experts on both sides of this equation: we want to bring TeV-scale model-builders and beyond the Standard Model phenomenologists together with collider experts and LHC experimentalists for the benefit of both groups. We hope this unique opportunity will accomplish the goal of having a more complete knowledge of how to interpret data that is coming, and also of developing refined observables that more sensitively test physics theories.

There will be a related conference during the final week of the program, June 2-6. Further details will be posted here as they become available.