Toward the end of this year, the Long Shutdown, which began in early 2013, will conclude. There has been a lot of activity in the upgrade of the LHC, its detectors and software systems. There has also been a tremendous amount of work in the physics analyses. ATLAS collaborators and other scientists will be presenting these new findings at the two weeks of the Rencontres de Moriond conferences, which starts on 15 March, at La Thuile in Italy.
The newly-found Higgs boson has, over time, evolved from being the object of discovery to a tool that will be instrumental in charting new territories in physics. Refined measurements will be reported. There will also be many new searches for, and measurements of, other processes ranging over vector-boson production, studies using enormous amounts of top quarks, to searches for hypothetical particles predicted by theorists, such as dark matter particles.
The Rencontres de Moriond is a scientific gathering where theorists and experimentalists get together to discuss new findings. In the spirit of the Rencontres, young researchers are encouraged to give the presentations, and informal conversations are encouraged which may lead to new ideas and opportunities for future research.