Heavy Ions and New Physics

Zoom platform (Virtual)

Zoom platform


Marco Drewes (UCLouvain), David d'Enterria (Cern), Andrea Giammanco (UCLouvain), Jan Hajer (University of Basel)

Heavy Ions and New Physics


In the recent past, several proposals have been made to exploit heavy ion collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to search for new phenomena in particle physics, including axion-like particles, long-lived particles beyond the Standard Model and magnetic monopoles. The objective of this workshop is to bring together members of the involved communities to exploit the potential of these ideas, either during scheduled LHC runs or in dedicated efforts at the LHC or future colliders. We want to create a unique opportunity for exchange between scientists working in different fields of experimental physics, theoretical physics, accelerator physics and detector physics that otherwise have little connection.

Scope of the workshop

Most of the proposals to search for New Physics in heavy ion collisions are very recent and form an entirely novel direction of research. We organised the first dedicated meeting about this topic in 2018 in Louvain La Neuve. The workshop was a great success, resulting in a contribution to the European Particle Physics Strategy and has been covered in a Field Note by the CERN Courier (page 22). However, there are still many open questions about the discovery potential and practical limitations that one will face. We want to provide a unique opportunity for members of different communities (theorists, experimentalists and accelerator physicists) who otherwise have no or little exchange with each other to discuss the possibility to search for New Physics in heavy ion collisions.



Contact: Staff ECT*
    • 1
      Welcome Gert Aarts | Director of ECT*
      Speaker: Prof. Gert Aarts (Swansea University, UK)
    • 2
      Workshop Introduction
      Speakers: Mr Andrea Giammanco - UC Louvain (UC Louvain), David d'Enterria (Cern), Mr Jan Hajer - UC Louvain (UC Louvain), Mr Marco Drewes - UC Louvain (UC Louvain)
    • 3
      Future of heavy ion collisions at the LHC
      Speaker: Dr Roderik Bruce (CERN)
    • 4
      LHC as a Gravitational Wave detector
      Speaker: Suvrat Rao (University of Hamburg)
    • 5
      Exotic phenomena in CMS
      Speaker: Émilien Caphon (CERN)
    • 6
      ALP searches in heavy ion collisions
      Speaker: Kristof Schmieden (Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz (DE))
    • 7
      ALP searches prospects with heavy ions at LHCb
      Speaker: Murilo Santana Rangel (EP/ULB)
    • 4:15 PM
      Coffee Break
    • 8
      Measurements of g-2 in HI collisions
      Speakers: Mateusz Dyndal (AGH UST Krakow), Matthias Schott (CERN / University of Mainz)
    • 9
      Magnetic monopoles in heavy ion collisions
      Speaker: Arttu Rajantie (Imperial College (GB))
    • 10
      Latest Results from the MoEDAL with p-p and Pb-Pb Collisions at the LHC
      Speaker: Aditya Upreti (The University of Alabama)
    • 11
      The MoEDAL-MAPP Experiment at LHC’s Run-3 and Beyond
      Speaker: James Pinfold (University of Alberta)
    • 12
      Latest developments of the SuperChic Monte Carlo event generator for photon-induced collisions

      Lucian Harland-Lang (Durham University), Dr Lucian Harland-Lang (University of Oxford)

      Speaker: Dr Lucian Harland-Lang (Durham University | University of Oxford)
    • 13
      New physics searches in heavy ion collisions in CMS
      Speaker: Yen-Jie Lee (Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (US))
    • 14
      Light dark photons searches with heavy ions
      Speaker: Elena Bratkovskaya (GSI, Darmstadt)
    • 15
      New physics searches in heavy ion collisions in ALICE
      Speaker: Taku Gunji (University of Tokyo)
    • 16
      New physics scenarios with soft decay products at the LHC
      Speaker: Susanne Westhoff (Heidelberg University)
    • 17
      Exotic searches with exotic data sets
      Speaker: Hesham El Faham (Universite Catholique de Louvain (UCL) (BE))
    • 4:05 PM
      Coffee Break
    • 18
      New physics searches with the CMS CASTOR very forward detector
      Speaker: Ulrich Ralf (KIT - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology )
    • 19
      New physics searches in cosmic ray air showers
      Speaker: Oliver Fischer (Liverpool University)
    • 20
      Is there room for new physics to explain the muon anomaly in ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays showers?
      Speaker: Dr Tanguy Pierog (KIT)
    • 21
      Sexaquark production and detection in heavy ion collisions
      Speaker: Glennys Farrar (NYU)
    • 22
      Discussion of possible Snowmass'22 white paper contribution on "New physics with Heavy Ions"(all contributors)