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International Conference on Massive Neutrinos
to 13th February 2015, NTU
The Standard Theory of Particle Physics describes successfully the observed strong and electroweak interactions, but it is still unknown, how the masses of the leptons and quarks are generated. The observed flavor mixing of the quarks and leptons must be directly related to the mass generation. Presumably the flavor mixing angles are functions of the quark or lepton masses. The experimental data are in good agreement with the predictions of the "texture zero models". Of special interest is the physics of the neutrinos, in particular the large observed mixing angles and the very small masses of the neutrinos. These masses might be Majorana masses, implying that lepton number is not conserved. Thus the neutrino mass could be measured by the double beta decay experiments. At the Large Hadron Collider at CERN a new boson was discovered, which might be the "Higgs" boson. This boson might also be an excitation of the Z-boson, if the weak bosons are composite particles.
The International Conference on Massive Neutrinos will be held at the Nanyang Executive Centre from 9 to 13 February 2015 at NTU, Singapore.
Professor Makoto Kobayashi received the Nobel Prize in 2008, along with his colleague Toshihide Maskawa, for the discovery of the origin of the broken symmetry which predicts the existence of at least three families of quarks in nature. They worked on explaining CP-violation within the Standard Model of particle physics. They proposed the so-called Kobayshi-Maskawa model in 1973, making their article on, "CP Violation in the Renormalizable Theory of Weak Interaction", the fourth most cited high energy physics paper of all time as of 2008.
He is currently the executive director of JSPS. He was awarded also the J.J. Sakurai Prize in 1985, the EPS High Energy and Particle Physics Prize in 2007.
Professor Carlo Rubbia is an Italian particle physicist and inventor who shared the 1984 Nobel Prize in Physics with Prof Simon van der Meer for work leading to the discovery of the W and Z particles at CERN. He was appointed to the Senate of Italy as a Senator for Life by President Giorgio Napolitano in August 2013.
His main research activities are on the problem of energy supply for the future, with particular focus on the development of new technologies for renewable energy sources. During his term as President of ENEA, Italy (1999–2005), he has promoted a novel method for concentrating solar power at high temperatures for energy production, known as the Archimede Project, which is presently being developed by industry for commercial use. Prof Rubbia was principal Scientific Adviser of CIEMAT (Spain), a member of the high-level Advisory Group on Climate Change set up by EU's President Barroso in 2007 and of the Board of Trustees at the IMDEA Energy Institute. In 2009 – 2010, he was Special Adviser for Energy to the Secretary General of ECLAC, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America, based in Santiago (Chile). In June 2010, he was appointed as the Scientific Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam (Germany). Asteroid 8398 Rubbia is named in his honour.
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