June 3-5 Workshop at The Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics, Edinburgh, UK

Several surveys of the large-scale structure of the Universe are currently underway, which significantly improve the quality and amount of cosmological data. These include the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI, halfway through), Euclid (starting to take data), Dark Energy Survey (DES, doing final analyses), HSC (data taking complete), PFS (commissioning), and SKA, with many others starting in the near future, including Rubin, SPHEREx and Roman.  Analogous advances are occurring in surveys of the Cosmic Microwave Background. These surveys will deliver more precise measurements and more statistics. Thus it is critical for the theoretical methods – developed and utilized for the pathfinder experiments – to be extended in precision and applicability.

Perturbation theory and other field theoretical methods provide a controlled way to estimate observational consequences of cosmological theories of structure formation and have come into their own with the large volume surveys in hand and underway, playing a key role in interpreting measurements from observational surveys. They have been used, for instance, in deriving constraints on cosmological parameters such as the average properties of the universe, particle content of the universe, and properties of gravity. These approaches and related methods for describing large-scale structures provide informative descriptions of observed phenomena, aid in developing physical intuition, and can be combined with simulations to extend their reach. As the quality and amount of cosmological data improve, current analytical models can and should be improved alongside, in order to take full advantage of observational advances.

This workshop, June 3-5 at the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics, at the University of Edinburgh, aims to bring together those working on these modeling approaches from all over the world, to critically evaluate, collaborate and improve upon the current state-of-the-art, in order to be ready for the rich data now becoming available.

Confirmed attendees include Kazuyuki Akitsu (KEK, Japan), Emanuele Castorina (Univ de Milan, Italy), Stephen Chen (IAS, USA), Guido D'Amico (Univ de Parma, Italy), Vincent Desjacques (Technion, Israel), Oliver Hahn (Vienna, Austria), Mikhail Ivanov (MIT, USA), Nick Kokron (Princeton, USA), Julien Lesgourges (Aachen, Germany), Takahiko Matsubara (KEK, Japan), Farnik Nikakhtar (Yale, USA), Oliver Philcox (Columbia/Simons, USA), Julia Stadler (Garching, Germany), Matteo Zennaro (Oxford, UK) and Pierre Zhang (ETH Zurich, Switzerland).

Registration fee: £200 (£100 for students)

Payment information will be provided later, along with the sign up for the Tuesday dinner (estimated to be £50 a person).

Space is limited.  Registration of payment requests will be sent after final confirmation of places (after  March 1, 2024). Late registrations will be considered based upon availability.

Some childcare grants are available and some limited funding may be available for those needing assistance in order to attend, please try to contact us at  sopa.events@ed.ac.uk by March 1, 2024 for this.

Please contact sopa.events@ed.ac.uk for further information.

Organizing Committee:

  • Sam Brieden
  • Florian Beutler
  • Yan-Chuan Cai
  • Pedro Carrilho
  • Joanne Cohn
  • Richard Neveux
  • John Peacock
  • Marcos Pellejero
  • Alkistis Pourtsidou
  • Martin White

Plus Angela Muir & Emma Johnston


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