AMS Days at CERN

“AMS Days at CERN” will take place in the Main Auditorium of CERN from 15-17 April 2015 and will feature some 33 talks by leaders in the field of astroparticle physics from around the world. Latest results from AMS and other major experiments will be presented.

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) is a particle physics detector that was built in 16 countries (from Europe, Asia and North America) and assembled at CERN.  Most importantly, AMS was extensively calibrated at the CERN SPS.  In May 2011, AMS was launched onboard the final flight of space shuttle Endeavour (STS-134) and delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) where it was deployed as an external payload and the only particle physics detector on the ISS.  Orbiting the Earth every 90 minutes, AMS is searching for an understanding of dark matter, antimatter and the origin of cosmic rays.  Over the past four years, AMS has collected more than 60 billion cosmic ray events.  Because of its precision, the results of AMS are shedding new light on our understanding of cosmic rays.

The objective of the three-day “AMS Days at CERN” is to exchange ideas and experiences with the world’s leading theoretical and experimental physicists in this field.  This exchange will lead to a better understanding of the implications of the AMS results and their relevance to some of the key experiments as well as the future course of cosmic ray physics.

There will be two public lectures on the programme: On Wednesday 15 April at 6.15PM, NASA Associate Administrator William Gerstenmaier will give a talk on “Human Space Exploration” and on Thursday, 16 April 2015, Professor Edward C. Stone of Caltech will talk on “The Odyssey of Voyager”.  Please register here for the public lectures.