Early Career Conference in Philosophy of Particle & High Energy Physics (PHEP2021)

November 6, 2021 - November 7, 2021
Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

4200 Fifth Ave
United States

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Particle physics is at a critical juncture: recent monumental experimental work at the Large Hadron Collider led to the Higgs discovery, but has not produced further experimental evidence of new physics. Current searches for the theoretical particles that comprise dark matter candidates raise major methodological questions of their own and are bringing particle physics into close contact with cosmology and astrophysics. Meanwhile, philosophy of cosmology and astrophysics, and philosophy of quantum field theory as applied to the models used in mainstream physics, have been major growth areas of philosophical investigation in recent years.

Proposals for contributed talks are invited on any topic within the general area of high-energy and particle physics, construed broadly to include cosmology, astrophysics and quantum field theory insofar as they overlap with issues in particle physics. Topics include philosophical investigation of:

  • The significance of properties used in particle physics;
  • The recent increase of ‘tabletop’ experiments for precision tests of the standard model;
  • The variety of uses of renormalization and regularization techniques;
  • The relationship between cosmology, astrophysics, and particle physics;
  • The methodological status of effective field theories;
  • The role of simulations in cosmology and particle physics;
  • And related topics.

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