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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  • Lightning talks by CERN openlab students on 16 August August 10, 2018
    Andrew Purcell The CERN openlab summer students, here in front of the Globe of Science and Innovation, have spent their summer gaining hands-on experience with cutting-edge technology. (Image: Andrew Purcell/CERN) Want to learn about the exciting projects the CERN openlab summer students have been working on? Then come along to the “lighting talk” sessions on Thursday, 16 August. […]
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  • 10 August: Roadworks close to Gate C August 9, 2018
    SMB Department Due to roadworks on Chemin de Franchevaux, an alternating traffic system will be in place on the approach to Gate C between 7.00 a.m. and 12 noon on Friday, 10 August 2018.
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  • Beat the heat! August 2, 2018
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  • Roadworks at Gate E from 3 August to 30 October July 27, 2018
    SMB Department In order to improve traffic conditions, SMB, BE-ICS and HSE-RP will be undertaking work to reorganise the layout of Gate E from 3 August to 30 October. The objectives of this work are: to improve the flow of traffic entering the Meyrin site from the D884; to install a vehicle number-plate reader system; […]
    Cristina Agrigoroae
  • 4 August: Hardronic festival – Save the date! July 25, 2018
    Les Horribles Cernettes at the 2017 edition of the Hardronic festival (Image: CERN) The annual party for CERN people – the Hardronic festival – is happening on 4 August this year, in the usual spot by the Restaurant 3 terrace in Prévessin. Attractions include 14 CERN Music Club bands, which will be entertaining the crowd […]
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  • Partial closure of Route Einstein on 31 July July 24, 2018
    Please take note that, due to handling operations of 3 chimneys, the Route Einstein will be partially closed the 31 July from 11 h to 19 h. A detour will be set up via Route Démocrite from Entrance B. Thank you for your understanding,EN-EL group​    
    Corinne Pralavorio
  • Video conference: VidyoConnect to replace current clients July 24, 2018
    Ruben Domingo Gaspar Aparicio As part of our effort to upgrade the Vidyo infrastructure to the latest release and following results from the testing1 of the new VidyoConnect client that replaces VidyoDesktop, we plan to switch to VidyoConnect on 7 August. Whenever you start a new VidyoConference after that date you will have the choice […]
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  • Contraflow system at Gate C from 30 July to 3 August July 23, 2018
    Owing to the work in progress to install new access equipment, a contraflow system will be in force at Gate C from 30 July to 3 August. Specifically, the lane for vehicles exiting the site will be closed from 30 July to 1 August, then the lane for traffic entering the site will be closed […]
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  • Try the new app July 23, 2018
    A new Novae app give you access to your restaurant’s menus To access the new app 1. Open a browser at 2. Enter your professional e-mail address ( If you don’t have a CERN e-mail address, use your personal e-mail address to register and then enter the following code on the welcome page: […]
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  • The 2017 CERN Annual Report is available July 23, 2018
    The 2017 CERN Annual Report is available. It was presented to the CERN Council in June and highlights CERN's main achievements and activities from 2017. You can read it online here. Paper copies are available at the Library. Happy reading!
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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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