3rd LHC-


24 & 25 August, 2006

KITP, Santa Barbara


This is the third workshop in the LHC Olympics series. It is hosted by the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at Santa Barbara, and takes place on August 25th and 26th, 2006, (just before the String Phenomenology 2006 Conference at KITP). The first two LHC Olympics workshops were held at CERN, Geneva in July 2005 and February 2006.

The LHC Olympics is a collective effort by theorists to familiarize themselves with the language and formats used by experimentalists to present data, and to train themselves in establishing a correspondence between theoretical models and experimental signatures using collider simulation. This is done by developing and distributing user-friendly versions of existing simulation and data analysis tools, and via a series of black box data exercises, in which theorists are challenged to disentangle simulated LHC data sets. The LHCO workshop aims to bring together experimenters, experts on MC tools, and theorists with widely varying levels of expertise in collider physics. The program consist of instructive talks by experts, discussion sessions, and reports by participants on their progress in deciphering the black box data sets.

Preliminary Workshop Program

To register, please go to the:

LHCO Workshop Webpage at KITP

Organising Comittee

  • Ignatios Antoniadis (CERN)
  • Nima Arkani-Hamed (Harvard)
  • Savas Dimopoulos (Stanford)
  • Gian Giudice (CERN)
  • Gordy Kane (Michigan)
  • Steve Mrenna (Fermilab)
  • Matt Strassler (Washington)
  • Herman Verlinde (Princeton)

Data Challenge

The set-up of the 3rd LHCO workshop is the same as for the first two meetings. Using the Pythia event generator in combination with the PGS-4 detector simulation, a number of black box data sets have been generated. The black boxes are presented as a data challenge to LHCO participants, who are invited to try to figure out the underlying theoretical model.

As a new ingredient relative to the first round, the new black boxes will soon also be presented with reasonably realistic Standard Model backgrounds. Special thanks for contributions to the production of this round of black boxes are due to:

  • John Conway (UC Davis)
  • Aaron Pierce (Harvard)
  • Leonardo Rastelli (Stony Brook)
  • Jesse Thaler (Harvard)
  • Scott Thomas (Rutgers)
  • Chris Tully (Princeton)
  • Liantao Wang (Harvard)

The new black box data files are found here. A detailed description of how to read and analyze the black box data sets, and of how they were generated, can be found on the LHCO wiki, which can be accessed from here. All LHCO participants are free to use the wiki to add comments, ask questions, make suggestions, etc.

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