Feedback from the participants:
"Thanks again for one of the most relaxed and productive meetings I have been to. I would urge fewest changes possible."
Sandip Pakvasa, University of Hawaii
"Just to let you know that the meeting was excellent - lots of very nice, thorough talks and insightful discussions. The relaxed atmosphere was particularly welcoming. Keep up the good work."André de Gouvêa, Northwestern University
"Thank you very much for organizing such a great workshop! Everything was absolutely great. I will certainly try not to miss the future ones again."Irina Mocioiu, Penn State University
"I want to tell you how impressed many of us were at the organization and content of the INFO program. This is a great credit to LANL."David B. Cline, UCLA
Want to add your feedback? Sound off!
Update, July 26, 2011:
Update, July 21, 2011:
- The PDFs for all talks are now posted.
- We've been receiving a lot of positive feedback from the participants. Thanks a lot for your kind words!
Update, July 17, 2011:
- The planned video link session with Germany has been cancelled. The Friday session will start at 10 am, with a talk by George Fuller.
- The most up-do-date version of this page is always here.
- The schedule has been updated to reflect last-minute cancellations.
- Breakfast will be in Ballroom North, at 8 am, starting Monday. Informal discussions therein are strongly encouraged. The "official" program will start at 9:45 am with welcome info and announcements.
- Parking at the hotel: Complementary for the INFO participants who are staying at the hotel; $8/day for local participants not staying overnight. Mention that you are with INFO 11 ("the LANL workshop"). If you live in Santa Fe and bike to La Fonda, there is a bike rack in the garage and no charge for using it.
Update, July 11, 2011:
Update, July 8, 2011:
- I contacted La Fonda hotel and they can't book a room for me. What do I do? Please do not contact the hotel to book the room for yourself. If you have registered with us, we have already booked a room for you, as part of our block of rooms for the workshop. Please check that the dates we have for you are accurate.
- You say the schedule has been updated, but I don't see any changes. Your browser cached the old page. Please hit RELOAD.
Fire FAQs, July 8, 2011:
- The tentative schedule of talks and the list of registered participants are now up. Please check both for any conflicts.
- Make sure that the dates we have for you are accurate, as these are the dates for which we are booking the hotel accommodations!
- Make sure your talk is scheduled at the right time (e.g., not after your departure).
- Please check/update the title of your talk. If you haven't given it to us yet, now is an excellent time to do so!
- Please inform us of any dietary restrictions (e.g., vegetarian, vegan).
- I heard on the national news that a huge fire is burning near Los Alamos. Really? Really. The Lab was shut down for over a week and the town of Los Alamos evacuated. By now, it is the biggest fire in the history of New Mexico.
- Why hasn't there been any updates to this website for the past two weeks? See the previous answer.
- Has LANL burned down? NO.
- Has the organizer's house burned down? NO.
- Did the fire get close? Very close.
- Are you guys doing OK? Yes, and many thanks to all of you who wrote to offer moral support during the evacuation. It was much appreciated!
- What's the lastest on the fire? The good news is that the fire, although still active, is no longer considered a direct threat to the town or the Lab.
- Does this affect the INFO 11 workshop? It does not! LANL reopened on July 6 and the preparations for the workshop are actively under way. The dates for the workshop haven't been changed and the venue remains the same.
- Is it safe to come to Santa Fe? Yes! Downtown Santa Fe is not impacted by the smoke from the fires. So, come on down!
The primary focus of our weeklong workshop will be the physics of neutrinos, broadly defined. This includes neutrinos from the Sun, reactors, laboratory beams, LHC, astrophysical sources, just to name a few. Other weakly interacting things, particularly dark matter, will also be discussed. There will be talks on both theory and experiment, with an emphasis on astrophysics and cosmology in the latter part of the week.
This will be a small (25-30 external participants), informal workshop. Every effort will be made to promote the atmosphere of discussion, in which original ideas and points of view are heard.
Participation by junior researchers is strongly encouraged. To this end, for students and postdocs the registration fee will be waived and the hotel stay covered (see below).
This workshop aims to follow the same format as the previous workshops in this series (see the webpages for INFO05, INFO07, and INFO09, including the talks in PDF). It continues the annual series of workshops on physics beyond the Standard Model hosted by the T-2 group of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Some of the topics to be covered
- Current and Future Experiments: Neutrino and Dark Matter
- Neutrino Properties -- Masses, Mixing, & Interactions
- Models of Neutrino Sector
- Neutrinos and the LHC
- Dark Matter: Models; Direct and Indirect Detection
- Neutrinos in Astrophysical Environments: Oscillations, Stellar Cooling, etc.
- Cosmological Signatures of Neutrinos (CMB, Large-Scale Structure)
- Sterile Neutrinos
Instructions for prospective speakersAt this point, all talks are anticipated to be one hour long, unless a shorter time slot is requested by a speaker. We found this format to be superior to a typical 15-20 minute format that is common in most conferences these days: less stress, more discussion, more information conveyed.
We encourage speakers to stay for the entire week. However, if you must limit your stay here, keep in mind that experimental talks will be concentrated in the beginning of the week, and astrophysics and cosmology will be covered towards the end. Please plan your dates accordingly.
Finally, we will collect the PDF files of all talks, for posting on this web site more or less in real time. This includes any work in preparation. We encourage all speakers to carefully think through the material they would like to present. The general guideline is, "If you don't want people to know about it yet, don't present it in your talk."
Administrative Contact (behind-the-scenes genius that makes things happen)
VenueThe workshop will be held at La Fonda hotel, located on the historic Plaza in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. Hotel rooms will be reserved for all external participants for the duration of the workshop (unless requested otherwise). Those who wish to stay at the hotel during the weekends immediately before and after the workshop may be able to do so at the government rate (a considerable discount relative to the market rates). Please contact us if you would like this option. We will make the room reservation for the entire stay and the additional nights will be billed directly to your own credit cards. Please do NOT make your own reservations with the hotel.
Financial SupportThe workshop is sponsored by the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The support includes accommodations at the hotel for up to 6 nights (check-in on July 17 and checkout on July 23) and meals (breakfast and lunch) for all external registered participants. Once again, please do not call the hotel to make your own reservations, we do it for you.
There is no registration fee for students or postdocs. Faculty members are asked to pay a registration fee of $300. The fee is waived for all participants who will not request hotel accommodations (this group naturally includes LANL locals).
To register for the workshop, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate your name, institution, contact information (phone, email), dates on which you plan to attend, and whether you would like to give a talk. Please include "INFO11" on your subject line. LANL has a fairly aggressive and unpredictable spam filter. If you don't hear back from us within ~ a week, please let us know.
Admission will be handled on a first-come first-served basis. Participants are encouraged to register without delay. The registration deadline is June 3, 2011. At that point, the names of all registered participants will be given to the hotel.
All local LANL participants: please register by emailing your name and dates you plan to attend to email@example.com.
For registering faculty members: please send your registration fee of $300 to the address below:
Los Alamos National Laboratory
P O BOX 1663
MS K710-Attention INFO 11
Los Alamos, NM 87545
Please make your payment by personal check, we cannot accept credit cards. Please make the check payable in US dollars to Los Alamos National Laboratory or LANL.
Directions to La Fonda HotelTo get to Santa Fe, usually the cheapest route is to fly into Albuquerque (ABQ) and drive to Santa Fe. The distance is approximately 60 miles and usually takes around one to one and a half hours. ABQ is served by many airlines. Southwest Airlines seems to have the largest presence and offers nonstop service from most major metropolitan areas within the Western US. (San Diego, L.A. [LAX], the Bay Area [OAK], Portland, Seattle, Phoenix, Tuscon, Salt Lake City, Denver, etc) Keep in mind that their flights are not listed on travelocity.
Sometimes it is possible to find good flights directly into Santa Fe (SAF). American Airlines (actually, American Eagle) has two daily flights to SAF from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and one daily flight from Los Angeles (LAX). With these flights, it may be possible to get to SAF from either the East Coast or the West Coast with only one stop. Please check with American Airlines, Travelocity, or your favorite travel agency for details on the schedule and pricing. Notice that the service from Denver has been discontinued.
You can find convenient directions on the hotel web site. Here is a map courtesy of Google Maps. This map can be used as a starting point for zooming in/out, as well as getting driving directions, for example from the Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ).
If you do not plan to have a car, Sandia Shuttle is available at the Albuquerque Sunport to take you to La Fonda in Santa Fe. The trip takes around one and a half hours. The fare is $27 each way or $47 round trip per person. They accept reservations by phone at (888)775-5696 or online.
Other informationINFO 11 overlaps with the INT Program on Astrophysical Transients (July 11 - August 5, 2011, Seattle, WA). This creates an opportunity for visitors from Europe (and others!) to attend both events. When booking the plane tickets from Seattle, please be aware that Southwest has nonstop service SEA-ABQ (which you cannot see on travelocity.com or other similar websites). Book at southwest.com directly.
SponsorshipThe meeting is sponsored by the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Please contact the organizers if you have any additional questions.
Alexander Friedland Last modified: July 27, 2011