The Cosmological Model



The XXXVIIth Moriond Workshop will be held in Les Arcs 1800, Savoie, France, Saturday, 16 to Saturday, March 23, 2002. It will be devoted to The Cosmological Model.

Les Arcs 1800 is a pleasant winter sports resort located in the French Alps, at 1800 m alt., about 120 km from Geneva and 16 km from Bourg-Saint-Maurice. The nearest railway station is Bourg-Saint-Maurice: trains (TGV) from Paris to Bourg-Saint-Maurice are quite convenient.

The nearest international airports are Geneva (Switzerland) and Lyon Saint Exupéry (France). If you arrive in Geneva international airport, do not forget that you may need a transit visa, coming through Switzerland to France.

Postal address of the meeting:

Rencontres de Moriond
Hotel Latitudes-Charmettoger - Les Arcs 1800
Village de Charmettoger - 73700 Bourg Saint Maurice - France
Phone: 33 (0)4 79 07 49 79
Fax: 33 (0)4 79 07 49 87
Please begin your fax with: To the attention of Rencontres de Moriond.


The purpose of the Rencontres de Moriond is to discuss recent findings and new ideas in elementary particle physics and other areas of fundamental physics in a pleasant, relaxed and intimate atmosphere. The meeting intends to promote fruitful collaboration between experimentalists and theorists and between various institutes by bringing together a small number of physicists in a beautiful and inspiring atmosphere.


1. Program Committee

Reza Ansari (LAL, Orsay), James Bartlett (Collège de France, Paris), Jacques Dumarchez (LPNHE, Paris), Yannick Giraud-Héraud (Collège de France, Paris), Marc Kamionkowski (Caltech, USA), David Langlois (IAP, Paris), Christophe Magneville (CEA, Saclay), George Smoot (Berkeley, USA), Marie Treyer (LAM, Marseille), Sylvie Vauclair (OMP, Toulouse) , J. Trân Thanh Vân (LPT, Orsay).


2. Program

Recent advances in the field have seen the emergence of a well-defined cosmological scenario, and even of a so-called "concordance model". The meeting will be centered on a thorough discussion of the general cosmological scenario, how it has been constructed over the years and how progress will be made in the future. The spirit will be to step back and look at the journey from the beginning of modern cosmology until today, and beyond. Historical perspectives will thus be an integral part of the meeting, together with presentations of the most recent results and prospects for the future. A brief list of topics includes :

All from the point of view of formulating the cosmological model.

3. Contributions

If you wish to make a contribution which fits in the framework of the program, please send a title and an abstract (before January 15) to Yannick Giraud Héraud by email or fax :

Email :
Fax : 33 (0)1 43 54 69 89

Typical contributions are of 15 minutes duration or less. However, we may not have enough time for everyone to give a talk and we apologize for this in advance.



1. Workshop schedule

The workshop will begin on Saturday, March 16, at 18 h 00 and will end on Saturday, March 23, around 11 h. For the other days, working hours will be: 8 h 30 - 1l h 30 and 16 h 30 - 20 h 30.

2. Conference facilities

The following projection facilities will be available: a slide projector for 5 cm x 5 cm slides and an overhead projector for transparencies.

3. Copies of transparencies

In order to make transparencies of the conference available on the web, speakers who have their talks in file format (Powerpoint, PDS, Postscript, HTML...) are invited to send them by email to :

Speakers are requested to bring a good photocopy of the transparencies of their talk. This copy will be kept for display and used for preparing the summary talk.

4. Proceedings

The proceedings will be published. Participants will receive a copy of the proceedings at no extra charge. Typing instructions for manuscripts will be distributed at the conference. Deadline for submitting the manuscript: May 15, 2002.

5. Registration fee

The registration fee (including a copy of the proceedings) is 300 Euros.

The payment of the registration fee can be made:

Note that payment by credit card will not be possible. Please avoid cash payment if possible. If you have to change money please note that the exchange rate at Bourg Saint Maurice is less advantageous than in cities like Paris or Geneva.

Credit cards are not accepted.

6. Accommodation

Housing will be in the hotel LATITUDES Charmettoger. Meals will be served in this hotel for all participants.

The hotel bill shall be paid directly to the hotel. Major credit cards are accepted.

The total cost - for meals and lodging - will amount to 595 Euros per adult (double occupancy) and 210 Euros for children from 4 to 11 years old.

Single rooms will be available with a s upplement of 161 Euros and must be reserved before December 30th, 2001.

Important notice: Hotel reservations are made for the whole duration of the workshop i.e. from Saturday, March 16 afternoon to Saturday, March 23 morning (lunch included before departure of the conference bus to Geneva). Please note that the total cost of the meeting will not be reduced even in case of partial attendance.

Cancellations of hotel reservation should be made before February 15th, 2002. After this date, the hotel will charge us for the entire cost of accommodation and we will have to ask the participants who cancel their attendance later, to pay for the total accommodation as listed above.

7. Funding :

Partial support may be available for a limited number of young scientists (up to 35 years) who are nationals of a european union member state or an associated state. Please send your application form before december 30th2001.

Please send your application before December 30, 2001 to:

J. Tran Thanh Van, Rencontres de Moriond, Université de Paris-Sud, LPT, Bat. 210,
91405 Orsay Cedex, France, Fax: 33 (0)1 69 15 82 87,
with a copy to Claire Wrzesinski at

8. Travel

a)From Paris to Bourg-St-Maurice by train (TGV)

Please note that reservations are compulsory for TGV trains. Be especially careful not to reserve too late : TGV trains to Bourg Saint Maurice are often full at this time of the year and particularly on saturdays.

Train Schedule preliminary

March 16, 2002

March 23, 2002

From Paris,
Gare de Lyon

Arrival in
Bourg St Maurice

From Bourg St Maurice

Arrival in Paris,
Gare de Lyon













* Please note that rooms will not be available before 18 h 00 on Saturday, March 16.

b) From Bourg-St-Maurice train station to Les Arcs 1800 (Charmettoger)

Regular buses are available from Bourg-St-Maurice train station to Les Arcs 1800 at most train arrivals from Paris.(1 hour drive) Cost approx. : 8/9 Euros (luggage included). Please ask for a ticket "Les Arcs-Villard". The last one leaves at 19 h 15. Taxis: approximate fare 39/49 Euros (depending on the number of persons and pieces of luggage).

c) From Geneva Airport to Les Arcs 1800

It is recommended as much as possible, to take the first conference bus, or if you go by car, to leave Geneva before 12h00 on saturday. Experience has shown that traffic jams can be terrible if one leaves Geneva after 14h.

With Conference buses: departure from Geneva International Airport. At the arrival level, ground floor, take the exit " gate n3 " just in front of the customs, cross a car-park and you will be just in front of the bus. It will be waiting in the bus car-park, with RENCONTRES DE MORIOND posters on the windows. he first bus will leave at 12h30 and the other one will leave at 13h30 sharp.

If you miss the conference buses, please note that there are also regular buses les Arcs 1800. Change in Bourg Saint Maurice. Duration : about 3 hours. Price : 60 Euros one way. You can find the timetable on or by mail to .

Return conference buses are scheduled to leave les Arcs 1800 on saturday, march 23rd at 12h00 sharp (after lunch) and will reach Geneva airport and then CERN (if requested) around 16h00, depending on the traffic.

d) From Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport to Bourg Saint Maurice

e) By car

Les Arcs 1800 can be easily reached by car, by the A43 highway to Albertville, then by the N90 to Bourg-St-Maurice (via Moutiers), and then direction Les Arcs 1800 (16 km). If chains are necessary, the sooner you mount them, the better (in Bourg-St-Maurice). In Les Arcs, the temperature can easily go down to - 20 C, so make sure you have sufficient antifreeze.

There are 2 "Hotel Latitudes" in Les Arcs. Be sure that you go to the Latitudes-Charmettoger, at the end of the resort Charmettoger.

9. Miscellaneous

a) The temperature in Les Arcs varies between - 20 and + 5 C. The ground is often icy and it is important to bring suitable walking shoes and warm clothes.

b) Ski and boot rental is available at the Hotel (special discount for Moriond participants)

c) Please note that your reply to the program committee member who sent you the invitation is not considered as a registration. Registration for your attendance to the workshop and hotel reservation will only be made on receipt of the attached registration form for which we will acknowledge receipt to each participant.

d) If you fly to Geneva airport and your luggage is missing on your arrival, when making your claim ask for your luggage to be forwarded to you to the Hotel Latitudes-Charmettoger in Les Arcs 1800 by taxi, as quite a few Moriond participants have had their suitcases "stuck" in Bourg-St-Maurice by bus companies.



Please note that your reply to the program committee member who sent you the invitation is not considered as a registration. Registration for your attend ance to the worshop and hotel reservation will only be made on receipt of the re gistration form.




Please retum your registration form as soon as possible !

If it is not received by December 30, 2001,
we may not be able to get hotel reservation for you.