Wednesday Colloquia

The U.S. High Energy Physics Program and Pursuing Global Scientific Cooperation

by Dr. Abid Patwa (United States Department of Energy)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from to (Asia/Kolkata)
at Lecture Theater ( AG-66 )
TIFR, Colaba
The mission of the High Energy Physics program at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is to understand how the universe works at its most fundamental level by discovering the elementary constituents of matter and energy, probing the interactions between them, and exploring the basic nature of space and time. The program is guided by a long-range strategic plan that was developed in 2014 by the U.S. Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5), which recommended investments in a world-wide particle physics landscape in order to address the full breadth of the field's most urgent scientific questions and enable future discoveries. After a brief overview of particle physics, the presentation will discuss DOE's ongoing efforts to implement the P5 vision, which includes as a core part collaborating in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) program at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, located near Geneva, Switzerland. Participation by the U.S. community at the LHC and the two large multi-purpose particle detectors, CMS and ATLAS, will be described as well as those contributions to the LHC accelerator and detector upgrades for operations at high luminosities during the next decade. Cooperation by the United States at CERN is directly intertwined with those in neutrino physics, where the U.S. will host a world-leading international mega-science endeavor through the construction of the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) and the associated Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE). LBNF/DUNE will advance the understanding of the properties and interactions of neutrinos in the universe. In order to successfully execute the scientific program, establishing international collaborative partnerships is critical. Current efforts by DOE to move this next-generation neutrino program forward through engagement with the global scientific community will be presented.