Founded in 2012, this is the seventh consecutive year that this dynamic, international school, primarily aimed at Master's students, has been offered.
This year, 40 undergraduate students from 18 different institutes in twelve countries came together for a full week to learn about hadron collider physics. The institutes involved include: Cairo in Egypt; Lund and Uppsala in Sweden; Göttingen in Germany; Bologna, Rome and Pisa in Italy; Prague in the Czech Republic; Pune and Surat in India; Madrid in Spain; Ghent in Belgium; Geneva in Switzerland; Manchester, London and Cambridge in the UK; Budapest in Hungary; Perth in Australia. In particular, Ghent in Belgium, Uppsala in Sweden and Göttingen are members of the closely collaborating U4 network. The nine lecturers of the school also came from a variety of institutes throughout the world.
The students learned about the foundations of quantum field theory and hadron collider physics, particularly in the context of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva.
Arnulf Quadt, the founder and co-organizer of the school, explains, "This type of fundamental research can only be carried out in large international collaborations with experts from all over the world. In addition, these young students learn the fundamentals of quantum mechanics, which was developed in Göttingen, among other places.” Stan Lai, a local co-organizer adds, “It is crucial at this early stage of their careers, that students gain exposure to being part of an international team where diverse ideas and creative solutions thrive. The school not only provides important lectures about particle physics, but also allows the students to network and make friends which can potentially last a lifetime."
At the HASCO school, numerous research topics relevant for hadron collider physics are discussed, among them quantum chromodynamics, jet physics, statistical methods in data analysis, accelerator physics, detector physics, physics of the top quark, and searches for supersymmetry or exotic models and particles. This year's focus, however, was on the physics of the Higgs boson and the new opportunities that come with the high-statistics data sample being recorded during the 13 TeV run at the LHC.
The HASCO school also included an extensive social program, including a barbeque with all participants and lecturers, a bowling evening, a history walking tour, and a school dinner in the city centre of Göttingen.
Essentially all participating students passed the written examination at the end of the school and received 3 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) points, which can be accredited back at their home universities. The students were inspired by the intense program of HASCO, which enables young scientists to engage in the dynamic field of particle physics. To the students of HASCO: Hope to see you soon and do research with you all!