The European Organization for Nuclear Research

known as CERN (/ˈsɜːrn/; French pronunciation: [sɛʁn]; derived from the name "Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire"; see History), is a European research organization that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. Established in 1954, the organization is based in a northwest suburb of Geneva on the Franco–Swiss border, (46°14′3″N 6°3′19″E) and has 22 member states. Israel is the only non-European country granted full membership.

CERN's main function is to provide the particle accelerators and other infrastructure needed for high-energy physics research – as a result, numerous experiments have been constructed at CERN as a result of international collaborations.

CERN is also the birthplace of the World Wide Web. The main site at Meyrin has a large computer facility containing powerful data processing facilities, primarily for experimental-data analysis; because of the need to make these facilities available to researchers elsewhere, it has historically been a major wide area network hub.

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The Proton Driven Plasma Wakefield Acceleration Experiment (AWAKE) is an accelerator R&D project based at CERN. It is a proof-of-principle experiment investigating the use of plasma wakefields driven by a proton bunch to accelerate charged particles.
A plasma wakefield is a type of wave generated by particles travelling through a plasma. AWAKE will send proton beams through plasma cells to generate these fields. By harnessing wakefields, physicists may be able to produce accelerator gradients hundreds of times higher than those achieved in current radiofrequency cavities. This would allow future colliders to achieve higher energies over shorter distances than is possible today.

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  • Traffic disrupted at the entrance to the Prévessin site July 16, 2018
    Due to surfacing work on the new Prévessin crossroads, traffic will be disrupted during the night on 17, 18, 19 and 20 July, between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. During these periods: - The main entrance to the Prévessin site will be closed. Access will be possible via the “transit area” near the waste disposal site […]
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  • News from the Mobility Centre July 11, 2018
    The SMB department is in charge of providing mobility services for the CERN community. This covers buses, shuttles, cars and bicycles. A new pricing policy agreed on by the department heads will be implemented as of 1 July 2018, in order to:  Ensure long-term sustainability, with revenue from the car rental activity financing the bicycle services, the […]
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  • 17-18 July: Partial closure of Route Einstein July 10, 2018
    EN-EL group Please take note that, due to handling operations of 3 emergency generators, the Route Einstein will be partially closed from 17 to 18 July. A detour will be set up via Route Démocrite from Entrance B. Thank you for your understanding.
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  • Help promote CERN and innovation at Parc La Grange July 10, 2018
    The City of Geneva will celebrate the National Day at Parc La Grange on the theme Tradition and Innovation, with CERN and the City of Biel as guests of honor. With a program featuring physics experiments, virtual reality headsets, “Fun with Physics” shows, film screenings, robotics and programming workshops – the public of all ages will […]
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  • 9-27 July: road works on Route Feynman July 9, 2018
    SMB Department There will be road works on Route Feynman from 9 July (Monday) at 8:00 until 27 July (Friday) at 17:30. The road will be one way from Switzerland to France. A detour will be set up via Route Fermi from Entrance E. This road closure may cause delays on circuit 1 of the […]
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  • Private parties in Restaurant 1 – new terms and conditions July 6, 2018
    As from 1 July 2018, only authorised private parties can take place in Restaurant no.1. The authorisation has to be sought, at least 48 hours in advance, through CERN Service Portal: Authorisation request to organise a drink in the Restaurant 1 extension. The terms and conditions are the following: Operational Circular No.08 Dealing with alcohol-related problems shall be […]
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  • Gates A and C returned to regular opening hours July 5, 2018
    SMB Department We would like to inform you that gates A and C have returned to their regular opening hours of 07:00 to 19:00, following the conclusion of works at the Esplanade des Particules. Gate E will remain open until 20:00 until further notice.
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  • CERN Summer Student Webfest: weekend of science & creativity July 3, 2018
    Ioanna Katsina Dimoula The Webfest is a weekend of fun and creativity. Find out more on the event website: Are you passionate about science? Do you like communicating that passion to the general public? Then come along to the 2018 CERN Summer Student Webfest on the weekend of 27 to 29 July! The event is a […]
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  • 8th MaNEP Winter School |13-18.01.2019 in Saas-Fee July 3, 2018
    Christophe Berthod on behalf of the organizers 8th MaNEP Winter School 13–18 January 2019 in Saas-Fee, Switzerland Symmetry and topology: new twists in condensed matter The school aims at a broad introduction to contemporary topics in condensed matter physics. This year's special focus is on superconductivity, quantum criticality, and various aspects of topology in condensed […]
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  • WIT Lecture | 5 July 12.15 July 2, 2018
    For more details about this event and registration see . You can join the wit-matters e-group to receive information about future events.
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  • LHC news from Seoul July 10, 2018
    ICHEP 2018 participants. (Image: ICHEP 2018) It’s that time of the year when physicists from around the world gather at the “biggie” of conferences in high-energy physics — the biennial International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP). This year’s event, the 39th in the series, is taking place in Seoul, South Korea, on 4–11 July. Here’s a taste […]
  • Accelerating news issue 25 now available July 9, 2018
    The CERN Linear Electron Accelerator for Research (CLEAR) is a user facility for accelerator R&D (Image: Julien Ordan/CERN) The summer issue of Accelerating News is now online. In this issue you can read about: recent milestones passed by the HL-LHC collaboration, namely the construction of the first 11T dipole model prototype and the world's first crabbing of a […]
  • VI International Geant4 School | 26-30 November 2018, Trento July 6, 2018
    Five days hands-on Geant4 course organised by the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare and the University of Trento will be held in Trento (Italy) from 26 to 30 November 2018.  Geant4 is a software toolkit, written in C++, for simulating tracking of particles in the matter with the Monte Carlo approach.  The software is developed and maintained by […]
  • LHCP reports from Bologna June 14, 2018
    Ana Lopes LHCP participants in the San Domenico's Centre. (Image: R Serra/FotoBouque) Some 450 researchers from around the world headed to historic Bologna, Italy, on 4–9 June to attend the sixth Large Hadron Collider Physics (LHCP) conference. The many talks demonstrated the breadth of the LHC physics programme, as the collider’s experiments dig deep into the […]
  • Latest results from the AMS experiment May 31, 2018
    Ana Lopes Samuel Ting presenting the latest results from AMS in CERN’s main auditorium. (Image: Julien Ordan/CERN) “None of the AMS results were predicted”, said Samuel Ting when he presented the latest results from the space-based magnetic spectrometer last week to a packed main auditorium. The results include flux measurements of secondary cosmic rays and […]
  • XENON1T reports results of dark matter WIMPs search May 30, 2018
    XENON1T is housed in the underground hall of LNGS in Italy. The cryostat is located inside the large water tank (left) next to a three-story building containing auxiliary systems. (Image credit: Roberto Corrieri and Patrick De Perio.) XENON1T is the world’s largest and most sensitive detector for direct searches of dark matter in the form […]
  • A bumper crop of LHC results at Quark Matter 2018 May 18, 2018
    A xenon–xenon collision recorded by the CMS detector. (Image: CMS/CERN) Some 900 nuclear physicists from all over the world are meeting this week in Venice, Italy, for Quark Matter 2018, the 27th International Conference on Ultrarelativistic Nucleus–Nucleus Collisions. The focus of the conference is the hot quark–gluon plasma (QGP) that is thought to have prevailed […]
  • Accelerating news issue 24 now available March 22, 2018
    In this issue you can read a report from the "Accelerator - Industry Co-Innovation" workshop identifying opportunities and research challenges for next-generation accelerators, learn about the Tactile Collider, a novel educational tool making accelerator science accessible for visually impaired (VI) school children; and find out more about why training (anti)matters, from the young researchers who joined a two-day […]
  • 2018 Asia-Europe-Pacific School of High-Energy Physics March 13, 2018
    Nick Ellis (On behalf of the International Organising Committee) The fourth Asia-Europe-Pacific School of High-Energy Physics, AEPSHEP2018 (, to be held in Quy Nhon, Vietnam, 12-25 September 2018, is open for applications (deadline 1 April 2018). AEPSHEP is held every second year, hosted in countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The first three Schools in the […]
  • International School on Low Energy Antimatter Physics February 6, 2018
    A week-long international School on Low Energy Antimatter Physics will be held at CERN between the 25th and the 29th of June 2018. It will cover the challenges in antimatter facility design and optimization, beyond state of the art beam diagnostics and advanced detectors, as well as novel antimatter experiments. In addition to lectures by research […]


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