22-27 May 2011
Europe/Brussels timezone

International Conference on the Structure and the Interactions of the Photon including the 19th International Workshop on Photon-Photon Collisions





Important dates:

April 30, 2011: Target date for abstracts

May 6, 2011: End of early registration


This conference is a part of the series initiated in 1973 in Paris, as an International Colloquium on Photon-Photon Collisions at Electron-Positron Storage Rings, devoted to the hadronic interaction of photons. The latest Photon conferences took place in Hamburg/DESY (2009), in Paris (2007), in Warsaw (2005), and in Frascati (2003).

At the conference, recent progress in understanding photon-photon and photon-proton processes will be presented. In addition, recent results on astrophysics and other related topics will be discussed. This year's conference will cover the following topics:

  • Electroweak and new physics
  • Jets, quarkonia and heavy flavours
  • Photon structure
  • Prompt photons
  • Small x, diffraction, and total cross sections
  • Exclusive channels and resonances
  • Vacuum polarisation and light-by-light scattering
  • Low-energy photon experiments
  • Photons in astroparticle physics
  • Photon collider prospects and new acceleration techniques
  • And related topics

First results and prospects of studying photon collisions at the LHC, as well as the physics potential of a future photon linear collider will play an important role in the topical sessions.

The conference takes place from May 22-27, 2011, in Spa (Belgium). The first session begins on Monday, May 23, at 9 a.m. The conference ends on Friday, May 27, around 2 p.m. The SolCress conference center is located in a secluded forest area, a stone throw from the worldwide famous Spa terms, and only 15 min walk through the woods from the downtown Spa. In addition, Brussels, Liège and nearby towns offer many attractions, like the F1 race circuit at Spa-Francorchamps.

The conference is sponsored by Université Catholique de Louvain, the Centre for Cosmology,  Particle Physics and Phenomenology (CP3), ReteQuarkonii network (FP7), Université de Liège,  Université Libre de Bruxelles, IIHE, Belspo and PAI.