University at Albany

Welcome to the LIDINE 2015 Conference Webpage!

The conference flyer is available for download and distribution. Please come and join us in Albany, NY August 28-30, 2015!

The objective of the Light Detection in Noble Elements (LIDINE) 2015 conference is to promote discussion between the members of the particle and nuclear physics communities about light and charge collection in detectors based on liquid or gaseous noble elements, xenon and argon being the most common, but neon and helium also in use, and represented at this conference. The neutrino physics, ultra-cold neutron study, dark matter search, and medical physics communities all utilize noble-based detector technologies, recording UV scintillation and/or ionization. Therefore, this will be an interdisciplinary opportunity for information exchange, and a chance for each of these communities enumerated above, in the U.S. as well as abroad, to expand their technical knowledge bases.

The abstract submission page (Indico*) is now open! Abstracts are due July 1, 2015. Registration is open too; please sign up. *Login only for abstract LIDINE2015,HeNeArXe (uname,pword)

  • The registration fee will be $150, covering Saturday breakfast & lunch, Sunday lunch, coffee and snack breaks all 3 days.
  • There will be a separate $50 fee for the conference banquet for those wishing to attend that on Saturday evening. Details on venue forthcoming.
  • A limited number of fellowships is available for junior-level participants (postdoc, graduate student, and undergraduate) on a first-come, first-served basis, with an additional preference for those who are giving talks. Those awarded fellowships would be responsible only for the $50 banquet fee and their transportation costs, with both the registration fee as well as hotel costs for three nights being waived. Click here for instructions on how to apply.
  • The registration fee will increase to $200 after August 1, 2015.

Hotel Information

A block of rooms, with single room reservations for the senior participants and double rooms for junior fellows, has been set aside (use phrase "LIDINE 2015" to access LIDINE rate) at the

Best Western Sovereign Hotel Albany ($111.00 / night plus tax. Half per person for doubles.)

1228 Western Avenue
Albany, New York, 12203-3326, US
Phone: 518/489-2981
Fax: 518/489-8967
Toll Free Reservations: 800-780-7234

Check In       3PM (15:00)
Check Out   11AM (11:00)

Currency: U.S. DOLLARS (USD)
Time Zone: Eastern Time U.S.

Amenities: Restaurant, pool, fitness center, free breakfast buffet, free WiFi, bar/lounge, sauna, 24-hour business center. Refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker in every room. Across the street from campus, on Western Avenue.

The room block will be released so that rooms will no longer be guaranteed and the room rate will increase at the close of business Eastern time on August 4, 2015. In addition, LIDINE takes places on a very busy weekend which overlaps with the first week of classes for not only UAlbany but many other local institutions, so participants are strongly encouraged to book their rooms as soon as possible, with the exception of junior conference attendees, who should wait until July after they have heard of the status of their fellowship applications.

The Sovereign Hotel is within walking distance of the UAlbany campus, where the Saturday and Sunday sessions will take place, with the Friday afternoon session occuring at the hotel itself. Should attendees prefer to stay at a different hotel, or should a lack of rooms develop at some point at the Sovereign, the following is a list of alternative hotels (no official blocks reserved) all also within walking distance of both campus and the restaurant for the banquet:

  • TownePlace Suites Albany University Area
  • Fairfield Inn Albany University Area
  • Hilton Garden Inn / Albany SUNY Area
  • CrestHill Suites
  • Courtyard Albany Thruway
  • Holiday Inn Express Albany Western Avenue
  • Days Inn Albany SUNY
  • Red Carpet Inn and Suites Albany
  • Extended Stay America Albany SUNY


The closest airport to the conference is ALB, Albany International Airport, and the next nearest are all hours (100+ mi.) away but in case one of them is only option in your case see list below:
  • 103 miles: Hartford, CT (BDL / KBDL) Bradley International Airport
  • 146 miles: Syracuse, NY (SYR / KSYR) Syracuse Hancock International Airport
  • 150 miles: New York, NY (LGA / KLGA) LaGuardia Airport
  • 154 miles: New Haven, CT (HVN / KHVN) Tweed New Haven Regional Airport
  • 160 miles: New York, NY (JFK / KJFK) John Fitzgerald Kennedy International Airport
  • 165 miles: Newark, NJ (EWR / KEWR) Newark International Airport
  • 172 miles: Boston, MA (BOS / KBOS) Boston Logan International Airport
  • 233 miles: Rochester, NY (ROC / KROC) Greater Rochester International Airport
  • 280 miles: Buffalo, NY (BUF / KBUF) Buffalo Niagra Airport
The Best Western hotel has a free shuttle service to and from ALB, but please make your own arrangements with them. Taxi and public transportation (city bus) are both also possible. All participants including junior fellows are repsonsible for all of their air and ground transportation costs to and from the conference. (Taxi fare from airport to our hotel would be roughly $20-30.)

Local Restaurants

Dinner is provided only on Saturday night, August 29th, provided your payment of the $50 banquet fee. On the other nights, attendees are encouraged to explore the local restaurants near campus as well as in downtown Albany. A (necessarily incomplete) list of suggestions is provided, spanning formal to casual, in no order:

Conference Philosophy

This conference, like the previous (first) LIDINE, is especially supportive of work being done by young researchers in the field. Thus, (*limited*) support is available for students and postdocs, with a focus on those coming to present their work, so please apply for a young scholar fellowship, and do so before July 1. Furthermore, the LIDINE series is dedicated to the fostering and sharing of new ideas relating to the detection and measurement of anything involving noble liquids and gasses. The vision of the conference is that we can have extended discussions of technical issues and share ideas across the boundaries of different experiments in order to advance multiple different fields of physics research and improve the quality and sensitivity of all of our experiments in general. To that end, speakers are asked to present subjects that are concerned with technological challenges and scientific motivation. Discussions of the physics reach of your particular experiment (as one might give at a general conference) are discouraged. Mid-talk questions welcome.

Questions, comments, or concerns? Contact Matthew Szydagis Also contact Matthew if requiring an invitation letter for visa.

LIDINE is sponsored by the University at Albany Division for Research, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Physics Department. Additional funding provided by MIT and UC Davis.