Published: 30 June 2016

MPI16 is the 8th International Workshop on Multiple Partonic Interactions at the LHC (MPI@LHC). It will take place in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico, between  November 28 and December 2, 2016.

From the start of the experimental activity of the Large Hadron Collider, Multiple Partonic Interactions (MPI) are experiencing a growing popularity and are widely invoked to account for observations that cannot be explained otherwise. This includes associated hadron production (Underlying Event) in high-energy hadronic collisions, the rates for multiple heavy flavor production, the survival probability of large rapidity gaps in hard diffraction, etc. In particular Double Parton Interactions were observed directly and studied by a number of the FNAL and LHC experiments in different reaction channels. A recently introduced working group does focus on the study of high multiplicity final states in pp and pA interactions, where correlations in soft MPI may give rise to flow-like effect.

At the LHC a new QCD regime has now been reached, where MPIs occur with high rates. Understanding MPIs is therefore crucial, both for their significant contribution to the background of various processes of interest for the search of new physics and because MPIs are an interesting topic of research by itself, allowing to probe high energy - high density QCD dynamics and, as a consequence of the geometrical characteristics of the interaction, to obtain unprecedented information on the correlated structure of the QCD bound states.

The aim of this workshop is to provide an updated view of MPI studies, both experimental and theoretical, and to foster contacts between theoretical and experimental communities active in the field.

San Cristóbal de las Casas – home of MPI16.

For the first time an edition of this workshop takes place outside Europe, more specifically in San Cristóbal de las Casas, one of the so-called ”magic towns” of Mexico. San Cristóbal de las Casas is situated in a fertile valley surrounded by mountains in the southern state of Chiapas, home to several indigenous groups of Maya descent like the Tzotzils and Tzeltals, who inhabit the highland villages surrounding San Cristóbal. Therefore, on top of the big scientific impact, the participation to the forthcoming edition of the MPI@LHC workshop will guarantee also a unique cultural experience.

More information about the workshop and the registration can be found here.