The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) is organizing, in collaboration with the Pakistani National Centre for Physics (NCP), a School on LHC Physics to be held in Islamabad, Pakistan from 25 August to 5 September 2014.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the largest particle accelerator ever built in the history in terms of energy and luminosity. LHC is currently under operation at European Organization for Nuclear Physics (CERN), Geneva. The discovery of the Higgs Boson was announced by two big LHC experiments called CMS and ATLAS on July 4, 2012.
PURPOSE The purpose of this School is to introduce young researchers in particular graduate students how to analyze the data from LHC. Several countries in the region are working on LHC such as: China, India, Iran, Malaysia, Turkey and Pakistan. This particular School is organized in the same spirit as the CMS Data Analysis Schools (CMSDAS) organized on regular basis by CERN and Fermilab. The School will serve the purpose of regional school.
The real goal of the School is “from raw data to physics publication”. During the School we plan to cover the following areas: •Standard Model and Beyond
•Higgs Searches and Searches for Exotic Particles
•Analysis tools for LHC data
Supplementary lectures related to various programming tools needed to analyze LHC data will cover
•Operating System (Linux)/Programming Languages (C++, Python, Perl)
•Root/Event Generator – Pythia
•CMSSW •Data Access using Grid
•Statistical Techniques and Fitting data using Roofit FORMAT
The two-week school will consist of morning sessions devoted to inspirational plenary talks combined with the execution of a series of so-called "short" and "long exercises" that will represent the main goal of the School. The first part of the School will be devoted to "short exercises" (several hours duration) to cover all of the objects from jets to muons, as well as various techniques from event generators to setting upper limits. During a 2.5 days intensive session, focused teams of about 6-8 students each, will perform "long exercises", i. e. detailed physics measurements using LHC data. Both short and long exercises will be designed and facilitated by teams of 2-3 experts. Some long exercises go beyond the current state of the art of the corresponding CMS analysis
PARTICIPATION Scientists and students from all countries that are members of the United Nations, UNESCO or IAEA, may attend the School, however, since this is a regional activity, priority will be given to graduate researchers and research scientists from the region.
As the School will be conducted in English, participants should have an adequate working knowledge of that language. Although the main purpose of the Centre is to help research workers from developing countries through a programme of training activities within a framework of international cooperation, a limited number of students from developed countries are also welcome to attend. As a rule travel and subsistence expenses for participants should be borne by their home Institutions. Every effort should be made by candidates to secure support for their fare (or at least half fare). However, limited funds are available for some participants who are nationals of, and working in, a developing country, and who are not more than 45 years old. Such support is available only for those attending the entire activity. There is no registration fee.