Prof. Laura Cadonati (gatech)
Gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space-time produced by catastrophic astrophysical events, are arguably the most elusive prediction of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, so feeble that Einstein himself thought their detection would be impossible. One hundred years later, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) and its sister project Virgo have observed...
Dr Joseph Carlson (LANL)
Nuclear Structure and Astrophysics
Many important large-scale experiments are now operating to uncover fundamental properties of neutrinos including the mass hierarchy, mixing angles, CP violation and the Majorana nature of the neutrino. These very different experiments probe different regimes of energy and momenta, but all should be described by a realistic picture of nuclear interactions and currents. I will...
Prof. Christian Weinheimer (Institute for Nuclear Physics, University of Muenster, Germany)
Prof. Angels Ramos (University of Barcelona)
Exotic heavy hadrons are a hot topic since the discovery of a narrow tetraquark, X(3872) and the hidden-charm pentaquark Pc(4450), recently observed by the LHCb collaboration. In this talk I will present a few examples of hidden and also open charm hadrons that might be interpreted as molecular states. Reactions where these hadrons could be observed will also be discussed.
Dr Riccardo de Sangro (INFN - LNF)
Construction of the new SuperKEKB B-Factory is now complete. The new collider, presently under commissioning at the KEK laboratory in Japan, is scheduled to deliver the first $e^+e^-$ collisions in the first half of 2018, to open a new era in the arena of physics at the high intensity frontier. We will present some highlights of the physics program, with emphasis on the first collision...