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The elementary particles - quarks - that make up protons and neutrons are classified according to their so-called smells. It is not only these that the world's leading nuclear and particle physicists will talk about at the International Conference on Hypernuclear and Weird Particle Physics, HYP 2022, in Prague at the end of June. The conference was first held in 1982 in Heidelberg, Germany, and now it will visit the Czech Republic for the first time. It will be co-organised by the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering of the CTU in Prague (FJFI) and the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the CAS (IJF) during the week of 27 June to 1 July 2022.

"We are very pleased that we managed to get the conference to Prague and we will have the opportunity to meet our colleagues in person. Particle physics uses some of the most expensive experimental facilities in the world - accelerators - but most scientists are not directly involved in these facilities, but in processing the data we get from accelerator experiments. We are trying to discover how the universe was created and how it will continue to evolve and what it is made of, because we only know a small part of the matter that makes it up," explains doc. Jaroslav Bielčík from the Department of Physics of the FJFI, who is involved in the organisation of the conference.

The HYP2022 conference is repeated every three years, only last year's 14th edition was postponed for a year due to the covid. It will be held at Dlabačov in Prague 6. The conference was also supported by the Centre of Advanced Applied Sciences (CAAS) project.


Public lecture How to cook a neutron star

The conference will also include a lecture for the general public entitled How to cook a neutron star. The lecture will be given by particle physics popularizer Prof. Laura Fabbietti from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) at the FJFI on Tuesday 28 June 2022 at 18:00 . The lecture will be held in English.

Neutron stars are among the most interesting objects in the Universe. They are very small in size, but very massive, which means they are made up of extremely dense matter. Although we already know quite a lot about neutron stars, we still don't know what they are made of. This is one of the challenges that particle physicists are tackling using the LHC accelerator at CERN.


On the weekend before the conference, FJFI organizes the Indian-Summer School (ISS2022). It is aimed at students and young scientists working on heavy ion physics. It is usually held in September, during the so-called Indian Summer, but this year it has been rescheduled so that participants can hear talks by some of the international guests at HYP2022.  And all this in the premises of the Emmazy Monastery in Prague. This event is also supported by CAAS (number CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_019/0000778), which is co-financed by the European Union.

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Jan Kadeřábek