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2017 EPS High Energy and Particle Physics Division prizes

Posted By Administration, 12 June 2017

The 2017 EPS High Energy and Particle Physics Division prizes have been announced. The six winners will be presented during the EPS HEP2017 conference, in Venice, from 5-12 July. The prize ceremony is scheduled on 10 July.

The 2017 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize of the EPS for an outstanding contribution to High Energy Physics is awarded to Erik H.M. Heijne, Robert Klanner, and Gerhard Lutz “for their pioneering contributions to the development of silicon microstrip detectors that revolutionised high-precision tracking and vertexing in high energy physics experiments".

The 2017 Giuseppe and Vanna Cocconi Prize for an outstanding contribution to Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology is awarded to Rainer Weiss, Kip S. Thorne and Barry C. Barish “for their pioneering and leading roles in the LIGO observatory that led to the direct detection of gravitational waves, opening a new window to the Universe.”

The 2017 Young Experimental Physicist Prize of the High Energy and Particle Physics Division of the EPS for outstanding work of a young physicist in the field of Particle Physics and/or Particle Astrophysics is awarded to Xin Qian “for his key contributions to the Daya Bay Reactor neutrino experiment that led to the measurement of the neutrino mixing angle θ13.”

The 2017 Gribov Medal for outstanding work by a young physicist in Theoretical Particle Physics and/or Field Theory is awarded to Simon Caron-Huot “for his ground-breaking contributions to the understanding of the analytic structure of scattering amplitudes and their relation to Wilson loops.

The 2017 Outreach Prize of the High Energy and Particle Physics Division of the EPS for an outstanding outreach achievement connected with High Energy Physics and/or Particle Astrophysics is awarded to Michael Hoch “for initiatives highlighting the conceptual and physical beauty of high-energy physics, and the inspirational qualities that are common to both Art and Science.”

A 2017 Special Prize of the EPS High Energy and Particle Physics Division of the EPS is awarded to René Brun “for his outstanding and original contributions to the software tools for data management, detector simulation, and analysis that have shaped particle and high energy physics experiments for many decades.”

More information
- EPS HEP conference: http://eps-hep2017.eu/
- EPS HEPP Division: https://eps-hepp.web.cern.ch/

- All recipients with short citations

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Call for bids for the organisation of the EPS-HEP 2019 Conference

Posted By Administration, 07 January 2016

The HEPP Board of the European Physical Society is soliciting Expressions of Interest (EoI) from potential hosts of the EPS-HEP conference in 2019. These EoIs should contain some preliminary information on the Local Organizing Committee, the Universities and/or Laboratories involved, the location of the conference, the foreseen costs, the expected financial contributions from sources other than conference fees.

The EoIs should be sent to the Chair of the EPS-HEPP Board (yves.sirois@in2p3.fr) by the 30th of June 2016. The EPS-HEPP Board will form a short list of two or three candidate sites and will invite their representatives to present their formal bids at an EPS-HEPP Board meeting which will be held at CERN in October 2016.

The selection of the site for 2019 should normally be decided at the same meeting.

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Recommendations for evaluation of experimental particle physicists

Posted By Administration, 29 June 2015

The European Committee for Future Accelerators (ECFA) and the High Energy and Particle Physics Division of the European Physical Society (EPS-HEPP) have jointly prepared a document (see below to download it) to help professional committees to assess the achievements of individual particle physicists from large experimental collaborations. The document is motivated by the need to explain to scientists from outside the community of experimental high-energy physics the way these collaborations, of few hundred to few thousand members, are organized in order to design, build and carry out the scientific program of large-scale experiments.

Originally the issue was approached in 2008 by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) in a document entitled “Assessment of Individual Achievements in Large Collaborations in Particle Physics” (IUPAP C11 Document 19-v1). The present document follows the same spirit, however it takes into account the practices de facto adopted by the various international collaborations, that do no follow “à la lettre” the recommendations of IUPAP. The document also provides recommendations to particle physicists how to prepare for evaluations.

With this letter ECFA and EPS-HEPP are asking you to disseminate the document to bodies for which it might be of interest.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Halina Abramowicz, ECFA Chair
Professor Thomas Lohse, Chair of the EPS-HEPP Board

The document is publicly available from the CERN document server.

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The 2015 EPS HEPP Prizes are announced

Posted By Administration, 14 April 2015

The EPS High Energy Physics Division announces the winners of its 2015 prizes, which will be awarded at the Europhysics Conference on High-Energy Physics (EPS-HEP 2015), Vienna (Austria) 22−29 July 2015 (http://eps-hep2015.eu/):


The 2015
High Energy and Particle Physics Prize, for an outstanding contribution to High Energy Physics, is awarded to
James D. Bjorken “for his prediction of scaling behaviour in the structure of the proton that led to a new understanding of the strong interaction”, and to

Guido Altarelli, Yuri L. Dokshitzer, Lev Lipatov, and Giorgio Parisi “for developing a probabilistic field theory framework for the dynamics of quarks and gluons, enabling a quantitative understanding of high-energy collisions involving hadrons”.


The 2015
Giuseppe and Vanna Cocconi Prize, for an outstanding contribution to Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology in the past 15 years, is awarded to Francis Halzen “for his visionary and leading role in the detection of very high-energy extraterrestrial neutrinos, opening a new observational window on the Universe“.


The 2015 Gribov Medal, for outstanding work by a young physicist in Theoretical Particle Physics and/or Field Theory, is awarded to
Pedro G. Vieira “for his groundbreaking contributions to the determination of the exact spectrum of anomalous dimensions of N=4 supersymmetric Yang- Mills theory and scattering amplitudes, for any interaction strength“.


The 2015 Young Experimental Physicist Prize, for outstanding work by one or more young physicists in the field of Particle Physics and/or Particle Astrophysics, is awarded to
Jan Fiete Grosse-Oetringhaus
“for his outstanding contributions to the investigation of particle collisions at the LHC through the analysis of jet quenching and multiparticle correlations in the ALICE experiment“,

and to
Giovanni Petrucciani “for his outstanding contributions to the optimisation of the tracking in the CMS detector, the Higgs boson discovery and the measurements of its properties“.

 
The 2015
Outreach Prize, for outstanding outreach achievement connected with High Energy Physics and/or Particle Astrophysics, is awarded to
Kate Shaw “for her contributions to the International Masterclasses and for her pioneering role in bringing them to countries with no strong tradition in particle physics“.

More information on the EPS HEPPD website.

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Physicists who predicted the structure of the proton to be awarded the prestigious EPS High Energy Physics prize

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, 13 April 2015
Updated: 13 April 2015

The 2015 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize of the European Physical Society has been awarded jointly to five theoretical physicists:

  • James D. Bjorken (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford, USA)
    “for his prediction of scaling behaviour in the structure of the proton that led to a new understanding of the strong interaction” and to
  • Guido Altarelli (University of Roma Tre, Rome, Italy and CERN, Geneva, Switzerland),
  • Yuri Dokshitzer (Laboratory of Theoretical and High Energy Physics, Paris, France and St. Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, Gatchina, Russia),
  • Lev N. Lipatov (National Research Center "Kurchatov Institute", Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, Gatchina, Russia) and
  • Giorgio Parisi (University of Rome, La Sapienza, Rome, Italy)
    “for developing a probabilistic field theory framework for the dynamics of quarks and gluons, enabling a quantitative understanding of high-energy collisions involving hadrons”.

The award ceremony will take place at the EPS-HEP 2015 conference in Vienna (http://eps-hep2015.eu/) on 27 July 2015.

In the quest for understanding the deep structure of matter, it was clear by the end of 1950s that the nucleus consists of smaller constituents, protons and neutrons, called nucleons. It was also proposed that these particles were in fact composite, and made of smaller particles called quarks. However, physicists had no idea of how to observe these smaller pieces, nor did they have a theory that could consistently describe their dynamical properties. In 1968, J.D. Bjorken investigated the mathematical properties of the scattering of highly energetic electrons off protons, the so-called deep-inelastic scattering, in the hypothetical limit when the protons have infinite momentum. He found that the structure of the proton should then be independent of the energy transferred from the electron, as the quantity that determines the resolution scale. This property, called scaling behaviour of the proton structure, led him to propose that the scattering of the electron occurs on point-like constituents of the proton, dubbed partons. His findings were soon confirmed experimentally, and the partons coincided with the quarks postulated earlier. These developments eventually led to the construction of a quantum field theory of the strong interaction: quantum chromo-dynamics (QCD).

The resulting parton model introduces probabilistic momentum distributions for partons (duly identified as quarks and the gluons that bind them) inside the proton. Collisions involving energetic protons are described by elementary collision processes with partons in the initial state. A consistent formulation of this parton-model picture in the context of QCD perturbation theory was achieved in 1977 by G. Altarelli and G. Parisi, as well as independently by Y. Dokshitzer who built on earlier work of V.N. Gribov and L.N. Lipatov. Although physicists are still not able to compute the momentum distributions in the proton, the equations derived in 1977, called DGLAP evolution equations, describe the QCD-induced variation of parton momentum distributions with the resolution scale. Furthermore, they provide a physical explanation of logarithmic deviations from Bjorken scaling in terms of parton radiation prior to their violent interaction. The QCD-improved parton model is a very successful framework that has been validated experimentally to high precision on a multitude of experimental measurements. At present it forms the basis of precise quantitative predictions of cross sections for scattering processes at hadron colliders. As such it is a cornerstone of the interpretation of all measurements at the Large Hadron Collider, including not only processes with already known particles in the final state but also searches for new particles, such as the Higgs boson discovered in 2012.

Professor Yves Sirois (Ecole Polytechnique Paris), the current secretary of the EPS HEPP Board, said, “This prize recognizes essential theoretical contributions that paved the way to the modern understanding of scattering processes involving hadrons, allowing ultimately to interpret the data of many generations of leading experiments at HERA, the Tevatron, and the LHC colliders in terms of the fundamental processes involving quarks and gluons”.

Source and contact:
Prof. Thomas Lohse, chair of the EPS-HEPP Board, lohse@physik.hu- berlin.de.

Original publications:
J.D.Bjorken, Asymptotic Sum Rules at Infinite Momentum, Phys.Rev. 179 (1968) 1547. V.N.Gribov and L.N.Lipatov, Deep Inelastic Electron Proton Scattering in Perturbation

Theory, Sov.J.Nucl.Phys. 15 (1972) 438.
G.Altarelli and G.Parisi, Asymptotic Freedom in Parton Language, Nucl.Phys. B126

(1977) 298.
Y.L.Dokshitzer, Calculation of the Structure Functions for Deep Inelastic Scattering and

e+e- Annihilation by Perturbation Theory in Quantum Chromodynamics, Sov.Phys.JETP 46 (1977) 641.

For further reading

http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/Bjorken_scaling
http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/QCD_evolution_equations_for_parton_densities

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Prizes of the EPS HEPP division 2015: calls are open

Posted By admin, 18 November 2014
Updated: 18 November 2014

The EPS HEPP Board is calling for nominations for the EPS High Energy Particle Physics Prizes in 2015.

The High Energy and Particle Physics Prize, for an outstanding contribution to High Energy Physics in experimental, theoretical or technological area, will be awarded to one or more persons or to collaboration(s). In accordance with EPS-HEPP regulations, nominations for this Prize are only accepted from a broad list of invited world experts.

The Giuseppe and Vanna Cocconi Prize, for an outstanding contribution (experimental or theoretical) to Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology in the last fifteen years, will be awarded to an individual or individuals (normally to not more than 3). Nominations are open and should be addressed to the EPS-HEPP secretary, Professor Yves Sirois (yves.sirois[at]in2p3.fr) by January 11, 2015.

The Young Experimental Physicist Prize, for outstanding work by one or more young experimental physicists (born on or after Jan 1 1980) in the field of Particle Physics and/or Particle Astrophysics. Nominations are open and should be addressed to the corresponding EPS-HEPP sub-committee chairperson, Professor Karl Jakobs (karl.jakobs[at]uni-freiburg.de) by January 11, 2015.

The Gribov Medal, for outstanding work by a young physicist (born on or after Jan 1 1980) in Theoretical Particle Physics and/or Field Theory. Nominations are open and should be addressed to the corresponding EPS-HEPP sub-committee chairperson, Professor Elias Kiritsis (kiritsis[at]apc.univ-paris7.fr) by January 11, 2015.

The Outreach Prize, for outstanding outreach achievement connected with High Energy Physics and/or Particle Astrophysics. Nominations are open and should be addressed to the corresponding EPS-HEPP sub-committee chairperson, Professor Bob Van Eijk (vaneijk[at]nikhef.nl) by January 11, 2015.

The Prizes will be awarded in a ceremony on 27 July, 2015, during the International Europhysics Conference on HEP, to be held in Vienna.

More detailed regulations and the list of previous prize winners may be consulted at: https://eps-hepp.web.cern.ch/eps-hepp/

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