August 11 - 22, 2014

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

9th Annual Fermilab-CERN HCPSS


Mission Statement

With the recent discovery of a Higgs boson, a new window of exploration has been opened. Soon, the Large Hadron Collider will operate at the highest energy frontier yet achieved in the laboratory, probing Nature at the smallest distances. To exploit the full potential and prepare for possible discoveries at these new frontiers, CERN and Fermilab are jointly offering a series of "Hadron Collider Physics Summer Schools", to prepare young post docs and advanced graduate students for these unprecedented and exciting times in hadron collider physics.


At the present time experiments at Hadron Colliders provide our best vision into physics at the TeV scale. The Fermilab Tevatron experiments are currently exploring the electroweak scale using their full collected data set. The LHC discovered the Higgs boson in its first run, and is now preparing to operate at the energy frontier opening a new era in the exploration of the smallest scales accessible to scientists.

To realize the full potential of these developments, CERN and Fermilab are jointly offering a series of "Hadron Collider Physics Summer Schools", to prepare young researchers for these exciting times. The first school took place at Fermilab in 2006, followed by the second school at CERN in 2007. The ninth school will take place August 11-22, 2014 at Fermilab, and will build on the successes of the previous schools.


The target audience is young post docs and advanced graduate students, with a strong interest in hadron collider physics. Both theorists and experimentalists are encouraged to apply. Lectures will be reviews of both the theoretical and experimental underpinnings of hadron collider physics, as well as a number of special topics drawn from other exciting results at the forefront of research. There will also be informal discussions, tours, and social activities. Students will also have an opportunity to visit the nearby city of Chicago.


  1. Standard Model (including Electroweak and Higgs)
  2. Heavy Flavour Phenomenology
  3. QCD and Monte Carlo
  4. Lattice QCD
  5. Beyond the Standard Model of Physics (including Supersymmetry)
  6. Hadron Accelerators
  7. Trigger and Data Acquisition
  8. Calorimetry
  9. Tracking
  10. Event Reconstruction and Particle Identification
  11. Statistics
  12. Heavy Ions Physics
  13. Examples of Specific Analyses to combine information from many of the above topics:
    • Measurement: Higgs properties
    • Search: Beyond the Standard Model
    • Discovery: Bs→μμ
  14. Special topics:
    • Neutrinos
    • Astro-particle physics
    • Dark sectors
  15. Future Colliders

Event News

  • School Dates are August 11 - 22, 2014
  • Confirm Participation by May 9, 2014.
  • Application deadline is April 6, 2014


  • Hadron Collider Physics Summer School
  • August 11 - 22, 2014
  • The 2014 HCPSS, hosted by Fermilab in Batavia, IL, USA, is the ninth in a series of schools hosted jointly by CERN and Fermilab to prepare young researchers for the current exciting era of exploration of the smallest scales using Hadron Colliders.

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