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The second edition of the conference on Particle Physics, HC2NP2019, organized by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, will take place next week in Puerto de la Cruz.

For a week a distinguished gathering of scientists will meet to discuss the latest advances in our understanding of the subatomic world. This, the second edition of the conference "Hadronic Contributions to New Physics Searches" (HC2NP20199, organized by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), will take place at the Vallemar Hotel, Puerto de la Cruz.

"At the present time" explains Jorge Martín Camalich, a researcher at the IAC and organizer of the conference " a major effort is under way to make an experimental survey of the predictions of the so-called Standard Model of Particles, the dominant theory about the physical phenomena which occur on the smallest scales we have been able to observe. However, in spite of its success in explaining the results of the experiments, this theory is being questioned for phenomenological problems, such as its inability to explain the origin of dark matter, and for theoretical defects, such as the absence of the quantization of gravity of an explanation of the hierarchies of we interaction compared to gravity, the hierarchy of flavour, etc."

To solve these problems will require an extension of the current theoretical framework, the introduction of new physics, and the development of strategies for the detection of high energy particles such as those developed on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland. " A discovery of new physics would have deep consequences for our understanding of the universe and how it formed in the way we observe it", explains Martín Camalich.

In HC2NP2019 the latest advances in theory and experiment related to tests of the Standard Model and searches for new physics will be discussed. The discussion will focus on specific hot topics. Firstly on the structure of the proton and direct detection of dark matter, neutrinos and axions. Secondly on experimental anomalies in the so-called "physics of flavour" detected at the LHC which could presage the discovery of new physics. Thirdly on the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon, whose magnitude is observed and predicted with an accuracy of one part in a billion, and with which the prediction of the Standard Model is in disagreement with 99% certainty.

NC2NP2019 will begin with an inaugural talk by Casiana Muñoz-Tuñón, deputy director of the IAC, who will talk about science at the IAC, next Monday September 23rd at 9.30h, and it will close on Saturday 28th at 12.00 noon with a tale by Prof. Benjamin Grinstein, who has been working at the IAC for a month as a Severo Ochoa Distinguished Researcher.

More information and the programme of the conference:

Jorge Martín Camalich: jcamalich [at] iac.es (jcamalich[at]iac[dot]es)