Members of the Louvain team

The Louvain team is part of the Centre for Cosmology, Particle Physics, and Phenomenology (CP3), founded in 2003 at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL). CP3 hosts research on particle detectors, high energy particle physics, phenomenology, theory of the fundamental interactions and cosmology, equally strongly on the experimental and theoretical fronts. The aim of the Centre is to bring together researchers in these scientific fields and to encourage collaboration. The CP3 group consists of eleven staff members (seven experimentalists and four theorists), more than fifteen postdocs, twenty-eight Ph.D. students and a variety of master and bachelor students. All scientific activities, such as weekly seminars or conference organization at the national and international level, are always run in conjunction between experimental and theory group.

A very important and quite unique branch of activities is the development of tools for phenomenology, from a package (FeynRules) to study model building to matrix element-based generators (MadGraph and aMC@NLO), universal detector simulation packages (DELPHES). The Monte Carlo group is involved in collaborations with MCNet, with several other centres in Europe (e.g., Paris, NIKHEF, Granada) in the US (e.g., Fermilab, UIUC) and Asia (KEK in Japan, NTU in Taiwan).

CP3 has well-established outlets for academic training at all levels. A series of weekly seminars are organized, in which scientists from all over the world are invited to share their expertise on a specific subject. In parallel, the group holds internal lunch seminar meetings, where the most recent results in theory and experiment, achieved by group members, are informally discussed. All these activities are extremely well attended and give an excellent opportunity for researchers, from students to staff members, to meet colleagues, discuss, and develop new ideas.