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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  • 3 December: Free tutorial - How to write a good research report November 20, 2019
    3 December: Free tutorial - How to write a good research report anschaef Wed, 11/20/2019 - 21:03 Researchers spend a significant fraction of their time on writing about their work. The tutorial will present a recipe for writing good "research reports", including theses, internal reports, and especially journal papers. The critical elements of each section […]
  • Spacewalk for AMS: watch the live webcast November 12, 2019
    Spacewalk for AMS: watch the live webcast cmenard Tue, 11/12/2019 - 11:17 On Friday 15 November, the astronauts Luca Parmitano (ESA) and Andrew Morgan (NASA) will exit the International Space Station to service the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02). This operation, which will last six hours, is the first of a series of complex spacewalks, the […]
  • ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb Career Networking Event 2019 November 11, 2019
    ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb Career Networking Event 2019 anschaef Mon, 11/11/2019 - 10:36 You are invited to register for this year's networking event, which will take place on Tuesday, 19 November 2019 from 5 p.m., in CERN’s Main Auditorium (500/1-001) CERN alumni from various economic sectors will share their experiences and knowledge of the […]
  • 60 years of the Proton Synchrotron November 8, 2019
    60 years of the Proton Synchrotron cmenard Fri, 11/08/2019 - 11:28 On 24 November 1959, the first beam was accelerated in CERN’s Proton Synchrotron. Today, the PS is still in operation, with its performance exceeding the initial specifications by orders of magnitude, making it one of the oldest particle accelerators still in operation. To celebrate […]
  • Escalade runners to train at CERN October 28, 2019
    Escalade runners to train at CERN anschaef Mon, 10/28/2019 - 10:25 CERN, the CERN Clubs Committee and the Running Club are organising one of six training runs for the Escalade race, in conjunction with the event’s organisers. This training run will take place on Sunday, 17 November from 10 a.m. Runners can choose from three […]
  • Rescue exercise around the Globe October 24, 2019
    Rescue exercise around the Globe anschaef Thu, 10/24/2019 - 09:17 On Tuesday, 12 November, there will be an unusual buzz of activity in the area around the Globe of Science and Innovation. The canton of Geneva and CERN are organising a large-scale emergency exercise, involving the Swiss army, the Geneva Fire and Rescue Service (SIS), […]
  • CERN Accelerator School: RF for Accelerators 22 March – 4 April 2020 October 17, 2019
    CERN Accelerator School: RF for Accelerators 22 March – 4 April 2020 anschaef Thu, 10/17/2019 - 14:13 Registration is now open for the CERN Accelerator School’s course on RF for Accelerators, to be held in Kaunas, Lithuania, from 22 March to 4 April 2020. This course will mainly be of interest to staff in accelerator […]
  • “Science meets fiction” conference October 14, 2019
    “Science meets fiction” conference camonnin Mon, 10/14/2019 - 14:01 Does science need fiction? Does fiction still need science? What kind of fictional spaces, and fictional scenarios emerge when scientists and artists collaborate? From bio-design to particle physics, this conference, in collaboration with Arts at CERN, will focus on the mutual influences between science and fiction.  […]
  • Flu: protect yourself and others October 14, 2019
    Flu: protect yourself and others CERN Medical Service anschaef Mon, 10/14/2019 - 10:40 The World Health Organization (WHO) maintains that influenza vaccinations are effective and safe. “Worldwide, these annual epidemics are estimated to result in about 5 million cases of severe illness and around 290 000 to 650 000 deaths.” By choosing to get vaccinated, […]
  • Entrance A: contraflow system in place from 21 to 24 October October 13, 2019
    Entrance A: contraflow system in place from 21 to 24 October The SMB department anschaef Sun, 10/13/2019 - 14:28 Please note that, due to roadworks, only one lane will be open to traffic at Entrance A from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 October 2019 during the usual opening hours (7.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.). A […]


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