- Conference a Success— we would like to thank all of you who helped
make PASCOS'04 / NathFest a such a resounding success and hope that
you had a great time here in Boston, just as we had a great time acting
as hosts. Our best wishes go to the organizers of PASCOS
June, Gyeongju, Korea), PASCOS
'06 (10-15 September, OSU, Columbus, Ohio), and PASCOS '07 (2-7 July, Imperial College, London) and we hope to see you
- Proceedings: The Proceedings are now available from World Scientific
in two volumes: PASCOS
2004, Part I: Particles, Strings
and Cosmology (ed. George Alverson, Emanuela Barberis, Pran
Nath and Michael T Vaughn) and Part
II: Themes in Unification — The
Pran Nath Festschrift (ed. George Alverson and Michael T Vaughn).
The Symposium and NathFest
The 10th international symposium on Particles, Strings and Cosmology
was held at Northeastern University, Boston, August 16-22, 2004.
PASCOS is an interdisciplinary symposium on the interface of particle
physics, string theory and cosmology. It originated
at Northeastern University in 1990 and since then it has been held at
other leading institutions, i.e., at Berkeley, Syracuse, the
Johns Hopkins, UC Davis, Chapel Hill, and most recently at TIFR (Mumbai).
The symposium brings together leading experts in the three disciplines
to discuss their interconnections, assess the current progress and the
possible future directions. There is a strong experimental component
in the scientific program with a number of experimental talks in the
area of particle physics
and of cosmology.
This year the symposium included a special program (the Pran Nath
Fest) honoring Matthews Distinguished University Professor
birthday for his pioneering contributions over four decades in the
high energy theory, supersymmetry, supergravity, and unification. This
program took placeWednesday and Thursday (18
and 19 August). The conference banquet was held on Wednesday evening.
The symposium covered the following topics.
There were roughly an equal number of talks in the areas of cosmology,
particle physics and string theory with highlights
the interface, such as SUSY/strings, dark matter, string & brane
We was a strong experimental representation at the talks, related
to WMAP data, neutrino physics, dark matter, B physics and physics at
colliders (Tevatron, LHC).
- Large Scale Structure of the Universe
- WMAP Data and Implications
- Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics
- SUSY and Higgs Phenomenology
- Extra Dimensions
- Flavor Problem and CP Violation
- Dark Matter
- M Theory
- SUGRA/Strings/Brane Models
- Strings and Black Holes
- String Cosmology
- Future Directions
Participation of graduate students, post docs and junior faculty was
INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Along with the previous PASCOS chairs a number of leading theorists and
experimentalists have agreed to serve on the international advisory committee
of the symposium. These include
Jonathan Bagger (Johns Hopkins)
John Bahcall (Institute for Advanced Study)
John Ellis (CERN)
Paul Frampton (Chapel Hill)
Margaret Geller (Harvard Smithsonian)
Sheldon Glashow (BU)
David Gross (ITP, Santa Barbara)
Jack Gunion (U California, Davis)
Pran Nath (NU)
Pierre Ramond (U Florida)
Norman Ramsey (Harvard)
John Schwarz (Caltech)
Joseph Silk (Oxford)
Yoji Totsuka (KEK, Japan)
Michael T. Vaughn (NU)
Alexander Vilenkin (Tufts)
Albrecht Wagner (DESY)
Kameshwar C. Wali (Syracuse)
Steven Weinberg (U Texas, Austin)
Frank Wilczek (MIT)
In addition to the invited talks there were a number of
contributed talks for which abstracts were submitted via email at
through the registration web page.
All the details of the conference related
to accommodations, registration,
etc. can be found on the conference web page and will be updated periodically.
The conference web page is accessible at both http://www.pascos04.neu.edu and
The participants are responsible for their own hotel arrangements. Boston
an attractive tourist city and the hotel situation is generally very
Thus the participants are advised to make their hotel reservation now
they may not be fully sure of their plans. A list
of hotels and motels in a
few mile radius of Northeastern University is available on our site.
Further, Northeastern University has agreed to provide a
significant number of spaces in the student dormitories right on campus
a hundred yard or so of the symposium lecture halls. These accommodations
are significantly cheaper and may be reserved through our web site (this
requires pre-payment of the charges).
The symposium will be held at the main campus of Northeastern University,
at 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, 02115 MA. The symposium will begin
the morning of Monday August 16 and end on the afternoon of Sunday 22.
The nearest airport is the Boston Logan airport. If you wish to come
directly to the University, there are two subway stations on campus,
the Green Line Northeastern station, and the Orange Line Ruggles station
(see www.massport.com for
information on transportation from the airport). However, the most
convenient way to get to the university and nearby hotels is by taxi
which should cost around $25 from the airport.
A map of the university is available at www.campusmap.neu.edu.
The proceedings of PASCOS04 and of NathFestscrift will be published
separately in two volumes. The papers for all the talks given at the
symposium and at the Fest will be included. The instructions for
the preparation of manuscripts for the proceedings will be made available
on the web.
The participants are requested to register via the web. The registration
fee is $375 if paid before July 1, 2004 and $425 thereafter. Students
and retirees are eligible for a reduced fee of $150. Payment may
be made either by credit card (using the secure
web page linked
to the registration page) or by an international
money order or a personal check drawn on a US bank payable to Northeastern
University with a notation at the bottom left hand side mentioning
Pascos04_NathFest and mailed to the following address:
Department of Physics
Boston, MA, 02115
If the payment is on arrival it should be made in cash in US dollars
a recognized credit card (Visa/Master Card/Discover).
The symposium funds are very limited. Part of these have been used to keep the
registration fee at an affordable level. Thus the participants are expected to pay the
registration fees, travel and housing using their own grant monies.
LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:
George Alverson, Luis A. Anchordoqui, Emanuela Barberis, Darien Wood,
Haim Goldberg, Tarek Ibrahim, Tom Paul, Stephen Reucroft, Yogi Srivastava,
John Swain, Tomasz Taylor, Michael T. Vaughn (Chair).
PASCOS04/NathFest is hosted by Northeastern University
and the Northeasthern University Department of Physics,
Dana Research Center, 110 Forsythe Street, Boston, MA 02115.
Directions to the University are available from the link at http://www.campusmap.neu.edu. For general
information and links to attractions in Boston and the surrounding
region (such as the Museum of Fine
Arts or the Boston
Red Sox baseball team), see the University's page on Boston.