International School of Physics


An International School of Physics has been held from February 16–24 in the vicinity of Moscow. The School was organized by MEPhI in collaboration with ITEP. The majority of the Organizing Committee members represented the Chair of the Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics: M.Danilov (chair), D.Besson, M.Vysotskiy, V.Novikov, P.Pakhlov, T. Uglov and others. Leading scientists, students and PhD students as well as young scientists from various cities of Russia (Vladivostok, Novosibirsk, Yaroslavl, Rostov-on-Don, St. Petersburg, Protvino, Dubna, Samara, Moscow) and abroad (England, Germany, France, Slovenia, USA, China, etc.) took part in the School. There were a lot of MEPhI representatives among them. School lectures have been traditionally devoted to the most actual topics of the elementary particle physics and included a review on physics results from Large Hadron Collider and future colliders, physics beyond the Standard Model, cosmology and elementary particle physics, flavour physics, extra dimensions, Higgs boson physics, quarkonium physics, physics of the black holes and wormholes.


During the School young physicists had an opportunity to present their own results. The best theoretical and experimental talks were awarded by an especial diploma. The talk by Alexey Konovalov (Interdepatrment Laboratory of Experimental Physics, MEPhI) was honoured as the best experimental one.

Professor Olsen gave three lectures on exotic hadrons


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Workshop ‘New Hadrons’

A workshop ‘New Hadrons’ will be held on September 25, 2014 at MEPhI

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SiPM laboratory student practice in USA

SiPM laboratory student Marina Smirnova participates in experiment devoted to ultra-high-energy cosmic rays detection in the USA (Utah).

The Telescope Array project is an international collaboration involving research and educational institutions in Japan, The United States, Russia, South Korea, and Belgium. The experiment is designed to observe air showers induced by ultra-high-energy cosmic ray using a combination of ground array and air-fluorescence techniques. It is located in the high desert at about 1,400 meters above sea level.


Lecture for high school graduates

Project leader Dave Besson gave a lecture for the high school graduates participating in the MEPhI summer introductional education program. The talk covered various aspects of elementary particle physics and astrophysics.

Winter School of Physics

From 11th to 18th of February in a picturesque location just outside of Moscow the 42nd traditional ITEP Winter School took place, this year also organized by Department №7 and Laboratory №366 of NRNU MEPhI. The participants of the school included graduate and postgraduate students and young scientists from eight countries (Russia, Belarus, Belgium, Germany, France, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Vietnam); among them were five representatives of NRNU MEPhI.

During the event, the young scientists attended lectures by the world’s leading scientists. From the Higgs boson physics (S. Heinemeyer) to the flavour physics (A. Stocchi, P. Pakhlov), and to the new results from the LHC (L. Rolandi) the School program included also cosmology (A. Dolgov), dark matter (M. Lindner), quarkonia (Y. Kalashnikova, R. Mizuk) and neutrino physics (Zhi-zhong Xing). Moreover, the higher spin gauge theories were discussed by M. Vasiliev and the status of the ILC was presented by the head of the school M. Danilov.

As a part of the School, a forum for young scientists took place, allowing the participants to present results of their researches. The best works were awarded diplomas. The choice of the best presentation on theoretical and experimental research was based on the vote of the School participants and the opinion of the organizing committee. Thus, the award for the best experimental research presented went to Alexander Novikov, postgraduate student of the Department №7, NRNU MEPhI.

The culmination of the School was the ski competition (on the photo), during which the young physicists and the renowned scientists fought for the title of the fastest. The first MEPhIst to complete the distance was Mikhail Danilov, the winner of the 3rd place.

New page (Belle)

New page devoted to the Belle experiment appeared on the site.

Project leader Dave Besson gave a set of lectures for MEPhI students


A set of lectures on Particle Astrophysics was given by Dave Besson for MEPhI students.

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Lecture by E. Popova


Elena Popova, deputy manager of the silicon photomultiplier laboratory, gave a lecture on SiPMs, their characteristics, production and utilization in the frameworks of the updated Nuclear Electronics course for senior students.


Workshop at MEPhI on December, 18

The workshop is planned to take place in the MEPhI conference room December, 18 from 10 AM till 5 PM.

The program consists of two parts:

  • Progress reports and plans for the future under the Grant Program by the person responsible for the theme [5 – 7 min / speaker]:
    • experimental study of pion and proton showers properties in the framework of the CALICE collaboration (Marina Chadeeva or Mikhail Danilov);
    • heavy quarks study in the BELLE experiment (Roman Mizuk or Ruslan Chistov);
    • production of the BELLE II muon detector elements (Roman Mizuk or Ruslan Chistov);
    • development of the anticoincidence detector prototype for the COMET experiment (Alexey Drutskoy);
    • design, development and testing of SiPM-based detector systems (tile-SiPM) for the CALICE detector prototype (Dmitry Mironov or Eugeny Tarkovsky);
    • construction of the time of flight (TOF) counter for CMD-3 experiments at the electron-positron collider (Vladimir Rusinov);
    • development of the protype for the PET ring detecting module (Gennadij Shimchuk);
    • silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) production technological roadmap (SiPM) (Elena Popova);
    • development of the gamma-spectrometer design for dose measurements in Neutron Capture Therapy in oncology (Sergej Ulin);
    • simulation of SiPM parameters using electronic circuitry simulation programs SPICE and TCAD SYNOPSYS framework (Elena Popova).
  • Invited guests presentations:
    • Sergej Vinogradov, LPI RAS [10 – 15 min];
    • Florian Wiest and Werner Hartinger, КЕТЕК [25 – 30 min];
    • Paul Rubinov, Fermilab [25 – 30 min] (perhaps, via Skype).

Working language of the workshop is English.