In the last few decades the ΛCDM paradigm has been firmly established as the “Standard Model” of cosmology. While this phenomenological model is known to be a good fit for most existing data, some tensions have come to light in recent years. In addition, with the flood of data expected from current and future cosmological surveys and laboratory experiments, we will be in a position to go beyond such a phenomenological description by critically examining the pillars on which this model is grounded, and deepening our understanding of the fundamental physics from which it emerges.
This in-person workshop on the Less Travelled Path to the Dark Universe (LTPDU) will bring together particle physicists and cosmologists from all over the world to address current questions and new directions in cosmological probes of fundamental physics — including the search for Dark Matter beyond the WIMP paradigm, the nature of Dark Energy, inflationary physics, neutrino physics, and the status and role of various tensions in driving the field forward. The program will also include a set of pedagogical lectures for students and postdocs, familiarizing them with new and advanced concepts.
Eligibility criteria: Open to all graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty members working in particle physics and cosmology.
ICTS is committed to building an environment that is inclusive, non-discriminatory and welcoming of diverse individuals. We especially encourage the participation of women and other under-represented groups.