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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  • Access your personal documents on the HRT application May 22, 2018
    Finance and Administrative Processes department The Personnel Accounting service would like to remind you that the following personal documents can be accessed via your personal access (PER) to the HRT application, if applicable: - “PAY INFO”: Current pay slips under “CURRENT YEAR” Pay slips from previous years under “ARCHIVE” Annual internal taxation certificates under “TAX […]
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  • Presentation of the latest results from the AMS experiment May 16, 2018
    Latest results from the AMS experiment on the International Space Station by Prof. Samuel Ting (Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (US)) Thursday 24 May | 16:30 – 18:30 CERN Main Auditorium (500-1-001) Abstract: In seven years on the Space Station, AMS has collected more than 115 billion charged cosmic rays with energies up to multi TeV. […]
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  • Safety Training: places available May 16, 2018
    Safety Training, HSE Unit There are places available in the forthcoming Safety courses: Radiation Protection - Controlled Area - Initial in French, on 11 June 2018 from 08:30 to 17:00 ATEX Habilitation - Level 1 in French, on 12 June 2018 from 08:30 to 17:00 For updates and registrations, please refer to the Safety Training Catalogue […]
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  • 5 June: Don't miss the Gender Equality in Education workshop May 14, 2018
    CERN’s Diversity Office The CERN Diversity Office is rolling out a module on Gender Inclusive Teaching in the National Teacher Programmes. In this framework, it is holding a workshop with academics and field experts. 5 June 2018, starting at 1.00 pm Council Chamber, CERN Participants will be introduced to the global landscape of gender equality in education, […]
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  • Find out how to use a defibrillator and save lives May 14, 2018
    CERN Medical Service Did you know that, as a bystander, you could play a vital role in the survival of cardiac arrest victims? By following a few simple steps, you could dramatically increase their chances of survival. Over the past few years, CERN’s Medical Service has provided “defibrillator and chest compression” initiation sessions, designed to […]
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  • Closure of the CERN restaurants in May May 9, 2018
    Ascension day: Restaurant 1 will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Restaurants 2 and 3 will be closed on Thursday, 10 May and Friday, 11 May. All cafeterias and kiosks will be closed. Normal service will resume on Monday, 14 May. Whit Monday: Restaurant 1 will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 […]
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  • 25 May: attocube systems AG visits CERN May 9, 2018
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  • Moving out of academia: a new series of workshop May 7, 2018
    CERN Alumni Programme Many CERN alumni are considering pursuing a career outside of academia leading them to jobs which are just as rewarding and very challenging, however the transition from academia to other career sectors is not an easy ride. Whilst the skills and competencies developed at CERN are highly sought after by employers, translating those very skills into a language understood […]
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  • CERN’s careers website gets a makeover May 2, 2018
    HR Department In a competitive employment market, CERN must vie for the attention of the best candidates in engineering, physics, technical and support roles throughout its Member and Associate Member States. It’s a tall order and an attractive, clear, intuitive and informative careers website is an essential ingredient in putting CERN on the radar of […]
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  • A community of practice for project management at CERN May 2, 2018
    Thijs Wijnands, Pierre Bonnal, James Devine and Erwin Mosselmans Project management has been around for many years at CERN. New machines and installations are often designed and built using CERN Project Management tools and practices. In 2015, the best practices at CERN were assembled in the OpenSE standard, which has become the standard practice at […]
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  • 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 […]
  • New APPEC strategy maps future of astroparticle research January 9, 2018
    Astroparticle physicists from across Europe have gathered today in Brussels, alongside their international colleagues and important guests from the European Commission, for the official announcement of the new strategy by the Astroparticle Physics European Consortium (APPEC), which will guide the community’s recommended research priorities over the next ten years. An illustration of astroparticles (Image: APPEC) […]
  • First results published from the new NA62 December 22, 2017
    In early December, the first paper from the new NA62 experiment was published in Physical Letters B, demonstrating the potential scope of the experimental set up commissioned in 2015. This article reports on the search for heavy neutral lepton production in K+ decays, setting more stringent limits and extending the mass range. Although the search […]
  • Accelerating News Issue 23 published December 15, 2017
    Crab cavities (Image: Julien Ordan/ CERN) The latest issue of Accelerating News is now online. In this issue you can read about: the challenges that have come with the HL-LHC crab cavity cryomodules, exploring unchartered waters with ARIES and how Marie Skłodowska-Curie's legacy continues to inspire young scientists. To view the whole issue or to subscribe for future email updates, […]
  • Measuring the heaviest anti-nucleus observed so far December 5, 2017
    The event display of the ALICE experiment shows an anti-alpha candidate track among the many other particles produced in a Pb-Pb collision (Image: ALICE collaboration) In a recent paper*, the ALICE collaboration has released the measurement of the integrated production yield of the alpha particle as well as of its anti-matter partner, the anti-alpha nucleus, […]
  • First cosmic-ray results from CALET telescope on ISS November 28, 2017
    (Image: NASA) The CALorimetric Electron Telescope (CALET) space mission has just released its first results concerning the nature of high-energy cosmic rays. Having docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on 25 August 2015, CALET takes high-precision measurements of the electron energy spectrum from 1 GeV to 20 TeV to also hunt for signatures of […]
  • CMS publishes 700th research paper November 24, 2017
    Achintya Rao It has been a little over seven (and a half) years since the LHC started delivering collisions to CMS for physics analysis, and just a few days ago we published our 700th research paper. To celebrate this achievement, we thought we would give you a glimpse of seven of several milestone papers CMS […]


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