|Presentation & Objectives
The Centre is hosted at LAPP in Annecy-le-Vieux,
about 50 km from CERN. This location is a major asset. CERN
is one of the world focal points in particle physics. The LHC
is expected to produce major discoveries. The Centre aims to play
an important role in the running and data analyses of the LHC experiments.
In parallel to the start of the LHC data-taking, astroparticle experiments
(PLANCK, FERMi, AMS, HESS, CDMS, Edelweiss,...) will provide unprecedented
information on Dark Matter and hence on New Physics. It will be of
utmost importance to combine information and insights from these experiments
with those of the LHC. Therefore the Centre aims to develop and strengthen
the emerging synergy between the fields of Particle and Astroparticle
Physics. In this context one of the primary interests of the Centre
will be the development of codes and tools to extract the relevant
parameters of the theory from the experimental observations. These
activities will pave the way to search strategies for New Physics
at the next e+e- Linear Collider.
To successfully carry through the LHC physics programme large amount of data need to be analysed. For this reason LAPP is building a GRID node (computing and storage) of the European Grid EGEE with the financial support of the Universite de Savoie and of the French government. Its primary role is to enable the local analysis of data spread over the GRID in a coherent way with other GRID sites. Scientists at the Centre will benefit from this infrastructure and other computing facilities.
The Centre is part of the Université
de Savoie and aims to fulfil an educational role with the organisation
of Master 2 level courses. Students from foreign countries are invited
to attend courses at the doctoral level.
Building on the presence of large groups of
both experimentalists (LAPP) and theorists (LAPTH) is a bonus for
the Centre. In addition to the LAPP and LAPTH physicists, the Centre
hosts tenured physicists for periods up to one year and post-docs
for 2-3 years. Experts on specialised topics will also be invited
for shorter periods to participate in mini-workshops that the Centre
intends to organise on a regular basis.
The Centre receives support from the Conseil Général des Pays de Savoie through an agreement with CERN and in turn contributes significantly to the visibility and innovation skills of the region. Université de Savoie, the INsititut de Physique (INP) and IN2P3 of CNRS contribute also. We have also benefited from the support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Other funds to support visitors come from national and international programmes (ANR, CEFIPRA,..).