RTG Fall Workshop 04.-06. October 2017

This year's Annual Fall Workshop will take place from 04.-06. October 2017 at the Hotel Stadt Breisach in the beautiful town of Breisach

Workshop Venue


Hotel Stadt Breisach 
Münsterbergstraße 23
79206 Breisach

Tel.: +49 (0) 7667 838-0

Fax: +49 (0) 7667 838100

Email: info@hotelstadtbreisach.de

Hotel Stadt Breisach



Scientific Programme including slides of the lectures


Scientific programme now online


Lectures by

  • Laura Covi (Universität Göttingen)- Baryogenesis

    Abstract: Baryogenesis is still one of the open questions in particle cosmology. In these lectures we will review the basic ingredients of any baryogenesis model, in particular the connection to CP violation and then discuss a few of the most popular mechanisms that can produce the baryonic asymmetry and how they can be implemented in BSM physics.  

    Materials: Baryogenesis 1, Baryogenesis 2
  • Rüdiger Schmidt (CERN) - Introduction to accelerator physics and technology: The Large Hadron Collider

    Abstract: During the last decades experiments at accelerators were essential for the understanding of particle physics. To discover particles with very high mass, accelerators provided collisions between two high energy beams. The most recent proton-proton collider, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN operates since 2008/2009. Initially the LHC was operating at 3.5 TeV, and today at 6.5 TeV (corresponding to 13 TeV centre-of-mass energy).
    The presentation introduces the concepts of accelerator physics and technology. The focus is on LHC, the challenges and the operational experience with this machine are presented. To achieve the proton momentum of up to 7 TeV/c and to provide high luminosity requires a very complex accelerator with superconducting magnets and high intensity beams. The energy stored in each of the two beams is beyond 300 MJ. With these parameters, operation enters into a regime where various effects due to high intensity bunches are observed (risk of beam induced damage, instabilities, beam-beam effects, e-cloud effects, UFOs). Safe and reliable operation in presence of such high intensity proton beams is guaranteed by the interplay of many different systems: beam dumping system, beam interlocks, beam instrumentation, equipment monitoring, collimators and absorbers.
    The luminosity upgrade project for the LHC aims at an increase of the integrated luminosity by about a factor of 10. The construction of the 'HiLumi' HL-LHC project should be completed by 2025, and HL-LHC will operate for at least 10 more years. Options for a high energy collider beyond the LHC, either e+e- or pp machine are also briefly discussed.

    Materials:  Lecture

  • Joachim Kopp (Universität Mainz) - Neutrino physics

    Abstract: An era of discoveries has turned neutrino physics from a fringe topic into a centerpiece of the experimental particle physics program in many countries worldwide. In this lecture, we will discuss some of the theoretical and phenomenological foundations of this relatively young field. In particular, we will address neutrino oscillations (including the associated quantum mechanical subtleties), models explaining the smallness of neutrino masses, and connections between neutrinos and the hunt for new physics beyond the Standard Model.

    Materials:  Lecture, Handwritten Notes, further material (pdfpdf, pdf)


How to get to Breisach


By train:

Breisach is a beautiful town in the Rhine valley, situated directly by the riverside. From Freiburg there is a regional train (Breisach S-Bahn) leading directly to Breisach train station in approximately half an hour.

There are several connections per day via Freiburg. The most convenient can be found here as a pdf-file (arrival, departure).

Other connections can be found on the website of the Deutsche Bahn:




By car:

Take the A5 (Autobahn A5 direction Basel) from Freiburg until exit Bad Krozingen, then follow the B31 until Breisach, Münsterbergstraße. For more details, see this map:



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