Launch of Indo-French collaboration in High Energy Physics
An agreement for the creation of an International Associated Laboratory between Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), as well as other French and Indian institutes, was signed on Wednesday 4th May 2016 in Bangalore.
The agreement was signed by Dr Barend Van Tiggelen, Scientific Deputy Director of the CNRS Institute of Physics, and Mr V. Rajarajan, Registrar of IISc, in the presence of the Consul General of France, Mr François Gautier, and the Director of IISc, Prof Anurag Kumar.
Both Indian and French theoretical physicists, as well as experimental physicists working on experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), will work together to advance understanding of new physics beyond the standard model, Higgs boson and dark matter.
The International Associated Laboratory is structured around four nodes in each country:
Laboratoire d’Annecy-le-vieux de physique théorique (LAPTh), CNRS/Université Savoie Mont Blanc, Annecy (French coordinator)
Institut de physique nucléaire de Lyon (IPNL), CNRS/Université Claude Bernard, Lyon
Laboratoire de physique théorique (LPT), CNRS/ Université Paris-Sud, Orsay, Paris region
Institut de physique théorique (IPhT), CNRS/CEA, Saclay, Paris region
Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore (Indian coordinator)
Harish Chandra Research Institute (HRI), Allahabad
Department of Theoretical Physics (DTP), TIFR Mumbai
Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP), Kolkata
In July 2012 the particle physics laboratory CERN in Geneva announced the discovery of the Higgs boson in an experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This discovery completed our current picture of elementary particles and forces among them: the Standard Model (SM). In fact this led to a Nobel Prize for the physicists who, forty years earlier, had postulated the presence of this particle from theoretical considerations. In spite of this great success of the SM, the particles contained in the SM form a very small part of the mass in the Universe. The majority of the mass of the universe is not visible to us and thus is ’dark matter’. One of the aims of current research in particle physics is the hunt for this dark matter at the experiments at the colliders as well as those in the sky! Many secrets concerning the laws of nature are still unsolved. For example, we still do not understand why matter dominates over antimatter in the Universe. We do not know anything about the nature of the dark matter particle. Particle physicists are convinced of the existence of physics beyond the Standard Model, the so called ‘BSM physics’.
In the collaboration under the new International Associated Laboratory, Indian and French particle physicists plan to join forces in efforts to unravel these mysteries of nature.