Neutrino physics has seen remarkable progress since the first discovery of flavor oscillations. We are now measuring flavor transformations with unprecedented precision, using ultra-high-energy neutrinos to probe distant objects in the universe, and testing neutrino imprints on the CMB and cosmic structure. On the drawing board are next-generation experiments that will measure subtle effects of CP-violation, search for additional neutrino states, and look in the core of the next galactic supernova. With every year bringing new breakthroughs, it is timely to reassess where we stand and what urgent questions need to be addressed to ensure the success of the future experiments. The workshop will cover many facets of modern neutrino physics, from experimental updates, to open questions in neutrino theory, to astrophysical and cosmological neutrinos.
We encourage participants to stay for the entire week. However, if you must limit your stay here -- we all have teaching duties, committees, etc -- please let us know your exact dates so that your talk is scheduled, and accommodations booked, accordingly. In planning your attendance, keep in mind the schedule: generally, experimental talks are concentrated in the beginning of the week, models in the middle and astrophysics and cosmology are covered in the second half.
Topics to be covered
- Latest precision measurements of the oscillation parameters
- Models of the neutrino sector
- Searches for new physics beyond the three-flavor paradigm
- Neutrino-nuleon and neutrino-nucleus scattering cross sections
- Supernova neutrinos
- Ultra-high energy astrophysical neutrinos
- Cosmological signatures of neutrinos
The workshop will be held on site at SLAC, in the Redwood conference room, on the first floor of the ROB building (Bldg. 48, see the B30 square in this map). The Stanford guest house is also located at SLAC (C33 square of the map). Here is the location of SLAC on Google Maps.
The list of participants can be found here. All external participants are required to pay a registration fee of $180 to confirm their attendance. The guest house will release the room if the registration fee is not received.
SLAC participants should register with STAP funds. Please select the appropriate menu option on the registration page.
By default, talks are scheduled to be 45 minutes long. Experience shows that this format is generally superior to 15-20 minute talks that are common at most large conferences these days. Invited experimental presentations are allocated 60 minutes, to allow the full exposition of the experimental program (e.g., oscillation measurements and cross section results). A limited number of theory speakers have been asked to give overviews of specific topics. In such cases, rather than talking about own work, one is expected to include an introduction to the subject, a survey of the literature, a list of outstanding problems, etc. The corresponding slots are also one hour long.
You can most certainly request a shorter time slot: this will in fact help lighten up what is presently a very full schedule. As for getting more time for your talk, this may be tricky to accommodate, but if you have a compelling case please email us and we will do what we can (this involves working with the other speakers in your session).
Finally, we will collect the PDF files of all talks, for posting on this web site more or less in real time. Experience from the past years shows that immediate availability of slides promotes better understanding and discussions and is particularly helpful for students and postdocs learning the subject.
SLAC and Stanford University are located in the heart of Northern California's Silicon Valley. The closest airports are San Francisco International (SFO) and San Jose International (SJC), with flying into Oakland (OAK) across the San Francisco Bay also a possibility. The Supershuttle can take you from SFO to SLAC for $25 (shared-ride van) or $77 (non-stop van) one-way. Indicate "Stanford Guesthouse" as your destination when making a reservation on their website. Numerous other options exist, including Uber or Lyft.
The SLAC website provides helpful driving directions and SLAC visitor maps.
This workshop is a direct decendant of the INFO (Implications of Neutrino Flavor Oscillations) series of meetings that were held bi-annually in Santa Fe, New Mexico from 2005 to 2015. The agendas for those meetings, and the PDFs of all talks, are still available: INFO 05, INFO 07, INFO 09, INFO 11, INFO 13, INFO 15. For PINS, we aim to follow the same format and philosophy: presentations on both theory and experiment, topics in particle and nuclear physics as well as in neutrino astrophysics, no parallel sessions, no 15-20 minute talks, ample time for discussion.
The meeting is sponsored by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the DOE Office of Science, Office of High Energy Physics.