15 March 2012

Rencontres de Moriond 2012 - Particle Physics Conference

The purpose of the Rencontres de Moriond is to discuss recent findings and new ideas in physics in a pleasant, relaxed and convivial atmosphere.  At the Rencontres:

  •  theoreticians meet experimentalists.
  •  young scientists at the post-doctoral level meet more senior researchers and discuss all the presented results with them.

This year the hot topic was of course the latest results from the CERN experiments. Each experiment has had a chance to analyze the full data set collected during the 2011 run.

CERN news team was following the meeting closely, and short articles about the highlights from each day were written by members of the various CERN experiments. Some examples are reported below:

Theorists disprove one claim against DAMA/Libra  

Seeing less would be just as good

Impact of a Higgs boson on supersymmetry

Uncertain signals from the Higgs boson

Searches for Dark Matter, SUSY and other exotic particles

Direct and indirect searches make the whole picture