Indirect Searches for New Physics in the LHC and Flavour Precision Era

1-26 June 2015

Gerhard Buchalla, Gino Isidori, Ulrich Nierste, Jure Zupan

There are good reasons to expect that the Standard Model (SM) of elementary particles is not a complete description of physics at the TeV energy scale. The SM does not include dark matter, while its elementary scalar Higgs sector requires extreme fine-tuning: it is likely to be a low-energy effective theory, with new degrees of freedom appearing around or below the TeV scale. The effects of such New Physics (NP) can be searched for indirectly through the virtual corrections from the exchange of new particles.

The main aim of the programme will be to investigate the interplay of the high energy frontier (direct searches) with the high intensity frontier (indirect searches) in the light of the experimental results available in 2015.

These indirect searches are conducted at low energy experiments based on high-statistics muon, kaon, tau, charm and B-meson production, as well as through the precise measurements of SM parameters at high-energy colliders. The indirect searches are complementary to the direct searches for new particles by ATLAS and CMS at the LHC. In principle, the former can also be sensitive to energies well above the TeV scale probed by the direct experiments. In view of the current status after the first LHC results, with the discovery of a Higgs-like boson, but no other new particles, the importance of indirect tests is reinforced. The aim of the proposed programme is to bring together experts on indirect and direct searches for NP and enable the discussion about the most pressing theoretical research problems in these areas.


The topical conference "Flavour 2015: New Physics at High Energy and High Precision" from 1 to 3 June 2015 will open the workshop activities.

The workshop is followed by the programme "Anticipating 14 TeV: Insights into Matter from the LHC and Beyond" with a focus on physics beyond the Standard Model, LHC physics and dark matter. Consecutive participation in both programmes is possible and should be indicated in the registration form, if applicable.