The 4th CERN - CLAF School
of High-Energy Physics

Date and Place
of the School
Enquiries and
Viña del Mar, Valparaiso Region, Chile
18 February – 3 March 2007

Chile, a land of contrast and beauty

The 2007 CERN-CLAF School of High-Energy Physics will be organized jointly by the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland and the Centro Latino Americano de Fisica (CLAF), together with Comisión Nacional de Investigación Cientifica y Tecnológica (CONICYT), Chile.
A "low" resolution (308kb) copy of the school announcement poster in A3 format is available at Poster.
We are greatful to Carlos Diaz who has generously allowed us to use some of his pictures for the poster and the web announcement.


The basic aim of the School is to teach various aspects of high-energy physics, and especially theoretical physics, primarily to Post-Graduates in experimental particle physics, typically aged under thirty years and about one year from submitting their Ph.D. theses. However, a few Latin American Post-Doctoral students in experimental high-energy physics and students in theoretical physics, working in particular in particle physics phenomenology, may be accepted, assuming their background knowledge in theoretical physics is of approximately the same level as the experimental Ph.D. students.

The Schools are designed to give a survey of up-to-date information, rather than to be a training course. An outline of each of the lecture courses and reading lists will be published on the web. It should be noticed that some pre-knowledge of the subjects is necessary in order to be able to profit fully from the lecture courses.
Letters of acceptance will be sent to the selected students.

> Date and Place of the School ^

The fourth in the new series of CERN Latin American School of High-Energy Physics will be held at Conference Town Reñaca, Viña del Mar, ( close to Santiago, Chile, in the period February 18 to March 3, 2007.

Conference Town Reñaca

The conference center is within walking distance to the Reñaca Beach, close to Viña del Mar, which again is adjacent to Valparaiso. From Viña del Mar there are regular buses to Santiago and Santiago Airport, and the bus drive is about two hours.

Reñaca Beach

Neighboring Vina del Mar (Vina) and Valparaiso (Valpo), 140 kilometers west of Santiago on the Pacific coast, are like opposite sides of the same coin. Vina del Mar, the 'Garden City,' is one of Chile's premier beach resorts, with excellent hotels and shopping. Valparaiso, a world heritage site and immortalized in the words of the Nobel Laureate, Pablo Neruda, is one of Chile's if not South America's most charismatic and historic ports, with its charming "ascensores" (funiculars) and colorful hillside houses.Information on Valparaiso and Viña del Mar can be found at Valparaiso_and Viña del Mar
and additional information on


> Accommodation ^

Students and staff of the School will lodge at the Conference Town Reñaca where also breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served. Students will share double rooms with bathroom, TV and telephone. The conference center has Sauna, game rooms, heated swimming pool, fitness area, go carts, horse riding and much more.
The lecture hall and the rooms for the discussion sessions are also situated in the hotel, which will be equipped with computing and electronic communication facilities.
The conference center is surrounded by trees and green fields and is within walking distance to the Reñaca Beach.

> Scientific Programme ^

The preliminary scientific programme is given in the (Draft Programme):

Beyond the Standard Model C. Wagner, Argonne Nat.lab. & Fermi Inst.
CMB - Early Universe D. Spergel, Princeton University
Field Theory and Standard Model A. Pich - University of Valencia
Flavour Physics and CP Violation R. Fleischer, CERN
Heavy-Ion Physics Urs Wiedemann, CERN
High-Energy Astrophysics F. Mirabel, ESO, Santiago
Higgs Physics P. Zerwas, DESY
Instrumentation for Colliders G. Mikenberg, CERN & Weizmann Inst.
Neutrino Physics G. Barenboim - University of Valencia
Applied QCD B. Kopeliovich, JINR and UTFSM
Results from the Auger Experiment M.T. Dova, La Plata
The CERN Programme J. Engelen, CERN
There will be 32 lectures in all, each lasting about 75 minutes, with additional time for questions and discussion.
Students will be encouraged to present their current research work in the form of posters which will be put up for a special poster session planned for Thursday, February 22. The posters will remain displayed until the end of the school

> Discussion Sessions ^

Discussion sessions, which are intended to clarify points that may be obscure from the lectures, will be held most afternoons and will last about 75 minutes.

The discussion sessions will be led by:
E. Nardi INFN_LNF & U. Antioquia, Colombia
C. Rojas UCN, Antofagasta, Chile
R. Rosenfeld IFT, Sao Paulo, Brazil
E. Roulet C. Atomico, Bariloche, Argentina
A. Zerwekh UACh, Valdivia, Chile

> Language ^

The working language of the School is English. Participants should therefore have a good understanding of English to enable them to benefit from the School.

> Proceedings ^

The School Proceedings will be published as a CERN Yellow Report in 2008. Each participant will receive one copy free of charge. Proceedings from earlier schools are available at: 2004EU, 2003EU, 2003LA, 2002EU , 2001EU, 2001LA, 2000EU and 1999EU.

> Travel ^

Students should arrange to arrive at the conference center for registration during the afternoon or evening of Sunday, February 18. The school will end on the morning of Saturday, March 3 after breakfast. There are regular buses from Santiago and from Santiago Airport to Viña del Mar, and on the day of arrival a pick-up service will be organized between Viña del Mar and the Conference Center. More and up-to-date information about train/bus schedules, pick-up service, etc. will be posted at this web page in an "Info Bulletin" closer to the school.

> Cost ^

The cost of the School will be around 1000 US$ per student, and will cover tuition, board and lodging from dinner on Sunday February 18 to breakfast on Saturday March 3, 2007, as well as coffee, tea or cold drinks during the morning and afternoon breaks and some social activities. It does not include travel expenses from participants' home institutes to Viña del Mar and back.

Due to support from Spain, Italy, France, CONICYT in addition to CERN and CLAF it will be possible to cover school fees and travel expenses for some fraction of the Latin American students. However, the central funds are limited, and we would therefore hope and expect that a majority of the students would be able to cover their expenses fully or partly. In that case it will be possible to cover the school fees and travel cost (at the lowest possible rate) for the Latin American students who would want to attend the school, but who are not able to obtain financial support from their home institutes.
Comments on the need for financial support should be given at the end of the application form.
Students from outside Latin America must have school fees and travel cost covered by their institutes.

Details concerning the method of payment of the Fees will be sent together with the acceptance letters.

> Participation ^

The School is open to postgraduates in experimental particle physics, typically aged under thirty years and about one year from submitting their PhD theses. However, a few Latin American Post-Doctoral students in experimental high-energy physics and Master's Degree students in theoretical physics may be accepted, assuming their background knowledge in theoretical physics is of approximately the same level as the experimental PhD students. The number of students will be about 80, mostly from Latin America, although the School is also open to those from other countries and regions.
We would in particular like to encourage students from South Africa to apply.
Personal contacts and informal discussions among the participants during leisure time are an important aspect of the School and, for this reason, participants are asked to note that they should not be accompanied by family members or friends.

> Application ^

Applications to attend the School should include:
For the Application Form remember to fill in ALL fields: use "N/A" when "Not Applicable".

The application form should be completed and sent as soon as possible and must be received by the closing date of 14 November, 2006.

Reference Letter
The submission of the completed application form must be accompanied in parallel by a letter of reference and ranking from the student's professor or supervisor (signed and dated hard copy with letterhead of referee's institution - A scanned pdf copy sent by the supervisor via email is acceptable). Applications without a reference letter will not be considered. The professor or supervisor's name and the date of the reference letter should be indicated in the appropriate boxes on the Web application form; and the letter should be sent to Danielle Métral, the CERN Organizing Secretary (see Enquiries and Correspondence below).

Students who wish to apply but who do not have a suitable browser for the Web application form should request a hard copy of the form from the Organizing Secretary (see Enquiries and Correspondence), stating clearly their name and postal address and accompanied by the 100-word summary of their current work.

Candidates should ensure that their application and letter of reference reach the CERN Organizing Secretary by 14 November 2006.

The selection of the students will be made by the Organizing Committee; and all applicants will be informed in December 2006 whether or not they have been selected.

> Organizing Committee ^
C. García Canal, UNLP, La Plata
A. de Rujula, CERN
J. Ellis, CERN
N. Ellis, CERN
R. Fleischer, CERN
E. Lillestol, CERN and Univ. of Bergen, CERN Schools Director
D. Metral, CERN, School Administrator
R. C. Shellard, CBPF, Rio de Janeiro
A. Zepeda, Cinvestav, Mexico

Local Organizing Committee:

Claudio Dib, School Director, UTFSM, Valparaiso
Marco Aurelio Diaz, PUC, Santiago
Olivier Espinosa, UTFSM, Valparaiso
Sergey Kovalenko, UTFSM, Valparaiso
Marcelo Loewe, PUC, Santiago
Alfonso Zerwekh, UACh, Valdivia

> Enquiries and Correspondence ^

All enquiries and correspondence related to the School of Physics should be addressed the Organizing Secretary:
Danielle Métral
Schools of Physics
CH-1211 GENEVA 23
Tel:   +41 22 767 9141
Fax:   +41 22 767 5460