Conferences & Workshops, 2013
Imaging the Extreme Universe: Solid-state cameras for Astroparticle Physics
May 9 - 10, 2013 | Chicago, IL

The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago will host a two-day workshop focusing on solid-state technologies to build cameras for both space and ground-based astroparticle physics experiments. In particular, alternatives to MAPMTs for the JEM-EUSO focal plane and CTA cameras will be discussed including SiPM and G-APD. The workshop will be structured as a series of presentations with ample time for discussions and working sessions.Learn more >>

Supernova Hub hosts the JLA (SDSS+SNLS) collaboration meeting
May 15 - 17, 2013 | 9:45 AM | Chicago, IL
The Supernava Hub at the KICP will host a joint meeting of the SDSS+SNLS (JLA) collaboration which takes place May 15-17 2013 at the University of Chicago. The meetings will start Wed morning at the Temporary Astronomy & Astrophysics Center(TAAC). The Wednesday talks are each 30 minutes to include plenty of time for discussion. The Thursday & Friday discussions can include short presentations as needed. Note that there will be no food at the meeting locations.

Wednsday May 15 (TAAC 67, all day)
1. 09:45 am: introduction/welcome
2. 10:00 am: overview of cosmology analysis (Marc)
3. 10:30 am: General PS1 updates (Sclonic)
4. 11:00 am: Break
5. 11:30 am: calibration summary (Marc)
6. noon - 2pm: lunch
7. 2:00 pm: training systematics (Jennifer)
8. 2:30 pm: intrinsic scatter (Rick)
9. 3:00 pm: sources of intrinsic scatter (Scolnic/PS1)
10. 3:30 pm: break
11. 4:00 pm: add SDSS into the training (Rahul)
12. 4:30 pm: SDSS data release update (Masao)

Thursday May 16 (TAAC 67 from 9am to 1pm, LASR East from 2-5pm)
1. Finish talk(s) from Monday
2. discussion of papers in prep (includes short presentations)
3. u band anomaly
4. simulated mu bias
5. host properties
6. selection requirements
7pm: dinner in South Loop
9:30pm: Buddy Guy's Legends

Friday May 17 (TAAC 67 from 9-1pm, BSLC rm 240 from 1-5pm)
1. future strategies for final cosmology results
2. results with photometric sample
3. extension of the SALT training sample + SN database : Patrick
4. project of SALT training vs host galaxy properties : Nicolas

Dark Matter Hub Meeting
June 6, 2013 | 9:30 AM | LASR conference room
The 6 discussion leaders and topics will be:
(each topic has been budgeted for 1/2 hour, so plan on a 20-minute presentation and 10 minutes of questions)
1. Andrey Kravtsov, Current status of CDM woes
2. Luca Grandi, A Look at the DarkSide
3. Ben Loer, CDMS recent Silicon results
4. Jing-Yuan Chen, Dark Matter Coupling to Electroweak Gauge and Higgs Bosons
5. Ilia Cholis, The AMS positron fractions: interpretations
6. Tongyan Lin, Looking for dark matter at LHC from top and bottom production

Plus some thoughts/discussions on UV completions of the effective field theory.

Galaxies within the Cosmic Web
June 17 - 21, 2013 | KPTC, the lecture hall 120

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The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago will host "Galaxies within the Cosmic Web" workshop on June 17-21, 2013. The workshop will be held in the lecture hall 120 in the Kersten Physics Teaching Center (KPTC) on the University of Chicago campus.

During the last thirty years, studies of structure formation have played a key role in establishing the Cold Dark Matter (CDM) paradigm of structure formation in an expanding universe. In the CDM model the initial Gaussian density perturbations are shaped by gravity into a cosmic web of voids and filaments, at the intersection of which galaxies and galaxy clusters are mainly thought to form. Although the model has been a tremendous success in explaining the observed large-scale structure of the universe, many key aspects of how galaxies form and evolve within this cosmic web of dark matter and diffuse gas are still not understood. The gaps in our understanding not only hamper interpretation of the wealth of observational data on galaxy evolution, but also represent a major systematic uncertainty for cosmological probes of the accelerated expansion of the universe, the nature of gravity, and forecasts and interpretation of direct and indirect dark matter searches.

This workshop will assemble both observers and theorists (target size ~60-80 people) who work on all key aspects of galaxy formation to assess recent progress and, most importantly, to germinate new ideas for how to improve our understanding of galaxy formation, the relation between the baryonic mass of galaxies and their parent halos, the effects of galaxy assembly and associated feedback on the spatial distribution of dark matter, and the interpretation of galaxy clustering and bias from large surveys to constrain the evolution of dark energy. The focus of the meeting will be on the most rapidly developing and interesting topics of research, and the format will include ample time for discussion and unstructured interaction.Learn more >>

CARMA Science Symposium
July 8 - 9, 2013 | Chicago, IL

The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago will host the 2013 CARMA Science Symposium on July 8-9, 2013. The two-day meeting will feature presentations relevant to the wide range of interdisciplinary science pursued with CARMA. In particular, there will be presentations from the community on potential future directions for CARMA-related research. These presentations include potential collaboration with new observatories, and science for which CARMA is uniquely suited.

Contributions from outside CARMA member institutions are welcome. Graduate students and postdocs are encouraged to submit a presentation.Learn more >>

DESSN workshop
July 15 - 19, 2013 | Chicago, IL
The KICP at the University of Chicago will host a week-long workshop dedicated to the Supernova program within the Dark Energy Survey (DES). Since the first DES season starts in September 2013, this workshop will be the final gathering of collaboration-wide expertise to prepare the SN-search software pipelines that run at both NCSA and at Fermilab. While the first three days of the workshop (Mon-Wed) are focussed on the search pipelines, the latter three days (Wed-Fri) will be dedicated to ramping up the analysis, with a focus on cross-cutting tasks that are needed in many analyses. Cross-cutting tasks include final photometry, simulations, measuring the search efficiency, SN-host matching and photometric classification of light curves.

Dark Matter at the LHC
September 19 - 21, 2013 | Chicago, IL

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KICP is hosting a workshop "Dark Matter at the LHC" this fall on the University of Chicago campus. The workshop will include both theorists and experimentalists actively working on LHC signals of dark matter. The focus will be on model independent approaches. Some topics we plan to cover are monojet, monophoton, and related searches, and improvements in theoretical predictions and experimental techniques. The goal of the meeting is to discuss avenues for taking full advantage of the next LHC run for dark matter studies. This includes exploring new signals of DM models that may be challenging for direct detection or indirect detection experiments, as well as more sophisticated calculations and analyses to improve existing searches.

* Monojet searches for dark matter
* Mono-photon, mono-Z, mono-b, and other signatures
* Effective field theory constraints
* Theoretical improvements in calculationsLearn more >>

Cosmology After Planck Workshop
September 23 - 25, 2013 | University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Inflationary cosmology has become an integral part of the standard model of the early Universe. Inflationary models and other signatures of of the early-Universe physics have become stringently constrained by WMAP and Planck, as well as powerful new large-scale structure surveys. This workshop will discuss the theoretical, observational, and experimental aspects of inflation and primordial physics, interpreted broadly. We plan to gather 20-30 of the top experts in the field.Learn more >>

Kavli workshop for scientists: "Communicating Science"
September 26 - 28, 2013 | Chicago, IL

Join Alan Alda, The Kavli Foundation, and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science for an innovative workshop, September 26-28, 2013, hosted by the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago.

As host of the PBS program Scientific American Frontiers, Alan Alda interviewed 700 scientists around the world. Now, as a founding member of the Alda Center at Stony Brook University, he is helping scientists learn to communicate effectively with the public, including public officials, funders, employers, students, the media, and potential collaborators in other disciplines.

The workshop, led by Alan Alda and representatives from the Alda Center at Stony Brook University, will focus on science communication to reporters, philanthropists, policymakers and the public. This is a 3-day program, with two days of required workshops followed by an optional third day for participants who want more intensive practice. Participants will focus first on improving their skills in understanding and connecting with an audience, and speaking clearly about complex material. Then they will work on applying these skills productively in challenging settings, using scenarios and materials tailored to their real-world needs. This will include practice interviews by reporters on video.

The workshop will be run in two tracks - a master class for those with prior experience in public communication, policy or media and shorter introductory track.

This workshop is sponsored by the Kavli Foundation and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, with additional support from the Dean of Physical Sciences, the Logan Center for the Arts and the UofC Arts/Science Initiative.Learn more >>

Dark Matter Hub Meeting
November 22, 2013 | 8:45 AM | LASR conference room
The fall KICP dark matter hub meeting will be on this Friday, Nov. 22, 9am - noon, followed by a seminar by Annika Peter. Both the meeting and the seminar will be in the LASR conference room. Coffee and continental breakfast will be at 8:45 am and box lunch at 12:00.

The agenda include
1) A discussion on gamma ray excess from the GC (Tim Linden)
2) Update of CoGeNT (Juan Collar)
3) CDMS ( Rito Thakur)
4) LUX (Richard Saldanha)
Followed by Friday noon seminar by Annika Peter on "WIMP Physics with Direct Detection"

The schedule can be found at Dark Matter Hub website.

For those unfamiliar with campus, LASR is located at 933 East 56th Street, just west of Ellis Ave. The entrance to the building is on the south side next to the lovely construction trailers.
Parking is available in the pay lot at the corner of 55th St. and Ellis Ave., or free parking on the streets north of 55th St.