When: Nov 04, 2013 08:00 AM to Dec 08, 2013 12:00 PM

Where: Cape Town

One of the premier meetings in the field of high-energy nuclear physics, the Hard Probes conference series brings together the experimental and theoretical communities interested in the hard and electromagnetic observables related to nuclear matter at extreme temperatures and densities. Prior to the conference, the University of Cape Town will host a summer school for young physicists in the field.

High energy nuclear physics focuses on the science of a trillion degrees. These temperatures were last seen in nature a microsecond after the Big Bang, but mankind recreates them thousands of times a second in particle accelerators such as CERN's Large Hadron Collider and BNL's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. At these temperatures, 100,000 times hotter than the center of the sun, the strong force is dominant, and we hope to learn about the fundamental and non-trivial emergent many-body dynamics of the quarks and gluons that make up 99% of the mass of the visible universe.

We anticipate the usual format for the Hard Probes conference with five half-days of plenary sessions, three half-days of parallel sessions, and a poster session; a half-day on Wednesday will be set aside for participants to go on a choice of excursions, and the meeting will adjourn mid-day Friday. Monday night will see an opening reception and Thursday night the conference dinner; see the Registration page for accompanying guests.


The topics for this Hard Probes conference are:

  • Jet Quenching and Observables
  • High Transverse Momentum Light and Heavy Flavor Hadrons
  • Initial State and Proton-Nucleus Collision Phenomena
  • Heavy Flavor Production and Quarkonia
  • Hard and Thermal Electroweak Probes