Proceedings of the 16thLomonosov Conference on Elementary Particle Physics


The 16th Lomonosov Conference on Elementary Particle Physics was held at the Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia) on August 22-28, 2013 under the patronage of Victor Sadovnichy, the Rector of the university. The conference was organized by the Faculty of Physics of the Moscow State University in cooperation with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna). The Faculty of Physics of the Moscow State University was founded in 1933 and the conference celebrated the 80th anniversary of the faculty. The conference was sponsored by the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia, the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, and the Dmitry Zimin «Dynasty» Foundation. A reasonable support in organizing the event was provided by the Department of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia, the Interregional Centre for Advanced Studies, and the Bruno Pontecorvo Neutrino and Astrophysics Laboratory (MSU). The 16th Lomonosov Conference was opened just on the day of the centenary of Brunio Pontecorvo (1913-1993), a distinguished scientist and man, and it was dedicated to the heritage of Pontecorvo. It was more than twenty years ago when the first of the series of conferences (from 1993 called the «Lomonosov Conferences»), was held at the Department of Theoretical Physics of the Moscow State University (June 1983, Moscow). The second conference was held in Kishinev, Republic of Moldavia, USSR (May 1985). After the four years break this series was resumed on a new conceptual basis for the conference programme focus. During the preparation of the third conference (that was held in Maykop, Russia, 1989) a desire to broaden the programme to include more general issues in particle physics became apparent. During the conference of the year 1992 held in Yaroslavl (Russia) it was proposed by myself and approved by numerous participants that these irregularly held meetings should be transformed into regular events under the title «Lomonosov Conferences on Elementary Particle Physics». Mikhail Lomonosov (1711-1765) is a brilliant Russian encyclopaedias of the era of the Russian Empress Catherine the 2nd, was world renowned for his distinguished contributions in the fields of science and art. He also helped establish the high school educational system in Russia. The Moscow State University was founded in 1755 based on his plan and initiative, and the University now bears the name of Lomonosov. Since 1993 at the subsequent meetings of this series a wide variety of interesting things, both in theory and experiment of particle physics, astrophysics, gravitation and cosmology, were included into the programmes. It was also decided to enlarge the number of institutions that would take part in preparation of the events. The 6th Lomonosov Conference on Elementary Particle Physics (1993) and all of the subsequent conferences of this series were held at the Moscow State University on each of the odd years. There is a tradition to publish the conferences proceedings as a collection of review and research papers prepared by the conference speakers on the presented talks basis. It started in 1994 when publication of the volume «Particle Physics, Gauge Fields and Astrophysics» containing articles written by speakers of the 5th and 6th Lomonosov Conferences was supported by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Rome, 1994). Proceedings of the 7th and 8th Lomonosov Conference (entitled «Problems of Fundamental Physics» and «Elementary Particle Physics») were published by the Interregional Centre for Advanced Studies (Moscow, 1997 and 1999). Proceedings of the 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th,, 14th and 15th Lomonosov Conferences (entitled «Particle Physics at the Start of the New Millennium», «Frontiers of Particle Physics», «Particle Physics in Laboratory, Space and Universe», «Particle Physics at the Year of 250th Anniversary of Moscow University», «Particle Physics on the Eve of LHC», «Particle Physics at the Year of Astronomy», «Particle Physics in the Year of Tercentenary of Mikhail Lomonosov») were published by World Scientific Publishing Co. (Singapore) in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2013, respectively. The 16th Lomonosov Conference on Elementary Particle Physics was dedicated to the centenary of Bruno Pontecorvo (1913-1993). From 1950 Bruno Pontecorvo lived in the Soviet Union and to his last days worked at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna. For about 20 years Bruno Pontecorvo was also a staff member at the Faculty of Physics of the Moscow State University and headed the Department of Particle Physics. The physics programme of the 16th Lomonosov Conference has included review and original talks on a wide range of items such as neutrino and astroparticle physics, electroweak theory, fundamental symmetries, tests of Standard Model and beyond, heavy quark physics, non-perturbative QCD, quantum gravity effects, physics at the future accelerators with a special focus on neutrino physics. A round-table on «Exciting neutrino: from Pauli, Fermi and Pontecorvo to nowadays prospects» was held on the closing day of the conference. There was another very important event that celebrated the centenary of Bruno Pontecorvo. A new movie «Maksimovic. The story of Bruno Pontecorvo» by the Italian director Giuseppe Mussardo was shown to the conference participants and public at the end of the first working day of the conference. In total there were more than 350 participants with 147 talks including 53 plenary (30-25 min) talks, 43 session (20 min) talks, 36 brief (15-10 min) reports and 15 poster presentations. One of the goals of the conference was to bring together scientists, both theoreticians and experimentalists, working in different fields. The conference has produced a high interest in the scientific community and there were much more applications to present a talk at the conference from scientist all over the world. The amount of applications reasonably surpassed the capacity to allocate oral talks within the six working days of the conference, therefor two parallel sessions were organized at the conference for the first time. At the very end of the conference in a review talk Professor Mitsuaki Nozaki (KEK, Japan) announced for the scientific community for the first time the decision on the location of the future International Linear Collider that is planed to be constructed in province Tahoko in Japan. Following the tradition that has started in 1995, each of the Lomonosov Conferences on particle physics has been accompanied by a conference on problems of intellectuals. The 10th International Meeting on Problems of Intelligentsia held during the 16th Lomonosov Conference (August 28, 2013) was dedicated to discussions on the issue «The Intelligentsia and Ideology». The success of the 16th Lomonosov Conference was due in a large part to contributions of the International Advisory Committee and Organizing Committee. On behalf of these Committees I would like to warmly thank the session chairpersons, the speakers and all of the participants of the 16th Lomonosov Conference and the 10th International Meeting on Problems of Intelligentsia. We are grateful to the Rector of the Moscow State University, Victor Sadovnichy, the Directors of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Victor Matveev, Vice Director of JINR, Mikhail Itkis and the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Physics of the Moscow State University, Anatoly Kozar for the support in organizing these two conferences. We extremely appreciate continuous support of the Lomonosov Conferences from Nikolay Sysoev, the Dean of Faculty of Physics of Moscow State University. ] I would like to thank Francesco Arneodo, Kerstin Borras, Marta Calvi, Giorgio Chiarelli, Augusto Ceccucci, Dmitry Denisov, Zdenek Dolezal, Nicolao Fornengo, Carlo Giunti, Alexis Haesler, Takuya Hasegawa, Kunio Inoue, Takashi Kobayashi, Yury Kudenko, Cristina Lazzeroni, Luca Latronico, Giovanni de Lellis, Reno Mandolesi, Tsuyoshi Nakaya, Thomas Nilsson, Henri Pessard, Sergey Petrushanko, Andrea Pocar, Uwe Schneekloth, Fabrice Piquemal, Franz Probst, Stefan Schmitt, Stefan Schonert, Jan Stark, Olaf Steinkamp, Christian Stegmann, Ermanno Vercelli, Sakue Yamada and Enrique Zas for their help in planning of the scientific programme of the meeting and inviting speakers for the topical sessions of the conference. We are also very thankful to Dr Christine Sutton, the Editor of “CERN Courier”, for providing informational support of the event. Furthermore, I am very pleased to mention Ilya Balantsev, Oleg Kharlanov, Alexey Lokhov and Ilya Tokarev, the Scientific Secretaries of the conference, Hamid Gadimi, Alexander Grigoriev, Maxim Gromov, Andrey Egorov, Darya Kardilskaya, Irina Nikitina, Yulia Rodina, Mila Polyakova and Alina Suvorova for their very efficient work in preparing and running the meeting. I would also acknowledge Vladimir Arkhipov who made video records of all scientific sessions of the conference and interviews with the plenary speakers. These Proceedings were prepared for publication at the Interregional Centre for Advanced Studies with support by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research and the Russian Ministry of Education and Science.

Alexander Studenikin