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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  • Blood donation | 11 April 2018 March 13, 2018
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  • 2018 Asia-Europe-Pacific School of High-Energy Physics March 12, 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 […]
    Anais Schaeffer
  • Closure of Mobility Centre and Atelier Mobility March 12, 2018
    Please note that the Mobility Centre (building 6167, Globe car park) and the Atelier Mobility (building 130, "garage") will be closed on Tuesday, 3 April 2018 all day for the stocktaking.   Thank you for your understanding, Mobility Centre
    Cristina Agrigoroae
  • What's new for the accelerators? February 26, 2018
    This year’s LHC performance workshop took place in Chamonix from 29 January to 1 February.  Frédérick Bordry, Director for Accelerators and Technology, will give a concluding summary session. He will deal with the lessons learnt in 2017, operation of the accelerators in the upcoming year, the last year of Run 2, and plans for the Long Shutdown […]
    Corinne Pralavorio
  • A new EDH document to confirm order reception February 22, 2018
        On Friday, 2 March, the “Reception of goods and services” EDH document will replace the “Delivery Acceptance” document. Its objectives remain the same: the technical contact confirms that the ordered goods and services have been delivered and that they comply with the order. Why did we change the document? We didn’t have a […]
    Iva Raynova
  • ALICE’s 25th anniversary February 20, 2018
    The ALICE collaboration is pleased to announce the celebration of its 25th anniversary and invite you to the jubilee session that will take place on: Wednesday, 21 March 2018 at 3.30 p.m. in the Main Auditorium A drink will follow the jubilee session. If you wish to participate, please register by 14 March, using the following link:
    Iva Raynova
  • AXEL – 2018 - Introduction To Particle Accelerators February 16, 2018
      AXEL-2018 is a course series on particle accelerators, given at CERN within the framework of the 2018 Technical Training Program. As part of the BE Department’s Operation Group Shutdown Lecture series, the general accelerator physics module has been organized since 2003 as a joint venture between the BE Department and Technical Training, and is […]
    Corinne Pralavorio
  • 6th Thematic CERN School of Computing February 15, 2018
    The sixth Thematic CERN School of Computing (tCSC 2018) will take place this year in Split, Croatia, from 3 to 9 June 2018. The theme is "High Throughput Distributed Processing of Future HEP Data", looking at: The challenges of HEP data processing in the post-upgrade scenarios. Scientific software as the key to achieving the deliverables […]
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  • 5-8 March at CERN: 11th Inverted CERN School of Computing February 15, 2018
    The 11th edition of the “Inverted” CERN School of Computing (iCSC 2018) will take place at CERN from 5 to 8 March 2018 in the IT Auditorium (Room 31/3-004). An excellent programme is planned, consisting of lectures and hands-on exercises selected from a range of proposals submitted by CSC 2017 students. You are not obliged […]
    Corinne Pralavorio
  • 17 February: emergency stop tests Prévessin site - Area 10 February 8, 2018
    The emergency stop tests of the area 10 on the Prévessin site are planned on Saturday 17 February 2018 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Frequent power cuts will occur on the Prévessin site - Area 10 (buildings 867; 864-865 blocks 1 & 2; 866-892 blocks 3 & 4; 904; 927; 926; 933; 880; 881; […]
    Cristina Agrigoroae

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  • 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 […]
  • Doubly magic nickel from one proton away November 24, 2017
    Harriet Jarlett The research was conducted with ISOLTRAP, whose beamline is visible here, an experiment at CERN’s nuclear physics facility, ISOLDE (Image: CERN) Scientists at CERN’s ISOLDE facility have found evidence that nickel-78 is doubly magic by examining its nuclear neighbour, copper-79, in research recently published in Physical Review Letters. Nuclei that have specific ‘magic’ […]
  • ICFA on the prospects for accelerator-based particle physics November 10, 2017
    At its triennial seminar, the International Committee for Future Accelerators (ICFA) discussed a range of projects that will safeguard the future of accelerator-based particle physics. ICFA is the international body that facilitates international collaboration in the construction and use of particle accelerators for high-energy physics. Every three years, government officials, representatives of the major funding […]


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