CERN Accelerating science




AWAKE starts the equipment installation phase

AWAKE is the proof-of-principle experiment whose aim is to use protons to generate powerful wakefields to accelerate an electron beam. With accelerator gradients hundreds of times higher than those used in current systems, this technique could revolutionise the field of particle acceleration. Installed in the tunnel previously used by the CNGS facility, AWAKE is completing the service installation phase and will receive the plasma cell in the coming months. >>

LHC Run 2 – reaching the top of the learning curve

As the LHC Physics conference gets underway in St Petersburg, it’s a good time to take stock of where things stand with Run 2. >>

LHC Report: a very productive hiatus

On Monday, 24 August, the LHC transitioned from nascent 25 ns operation to a two-week hiatus devoted to luminosity calibration (two days), machine development (five days) and a technical stop (five days). >>

A very cool cooling system

The NA62 Gigatracker is a jewel of technology: its sensor, which delivers the time of the crossing particles with a precision of less than 200 picoseconds (better than similar LHC detectors), has a cooling system that might become the precursor to a completely new detector technique. >>

The new young face of the Pension Fund

Matthew Eyton-Jones is the new Chief Executive Officer of the CERN Pension Fund. He joined the Organization in July and will meet with CERN pensioners for the first time on 15 September. Here he speaks with the Bulletin about himself, his vision and the challenges that lie ahead. >>

Researchers’ Night 2015: exploring science in movies, comics, poetry and games

On Friday, 25 September, CERN will be celebrating the European Researchers’ Night with a series of events and activities at the Balexert shopping centre. From celebrity Q&A; sessions to author signings, there’s something for everyone! >>

Road safety: take it seriously

Around 50 road accidents happen every year at CERN. Cyclists, drivers and pedestrians must pay attention to their behaviour at all times to ensure that this doesn’t become an even more serious problem. Even if the Laboratory’s sites are not exactly downtown Shanghai, all road users need to make a little effort. So let’s do it! >>

CERN servers go to Mexico

On Wednesday, 26 August, 384 servers from the CERN Computing Centre were donated to the Faculty of Science in Physics and Mathematics (FCFM) and the Mesoamerican Centre for Theoretical Physics (MCTP) at the University of Chiapas, Mexico. >>

CALET docked on the ISS

On 19 August, with a spectacular launch on board the Japanese H2-B rocket operated by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the CALorimetric Electron Telescope (CALET) left the Tanegashima Space Center to reach the International Space Station five days later. >>

From the CERN web: LHCb, ATLAS, ILC and more

This new section highlights articles, blog posts and press releases published in the CERN web environment over the past weeks. This way, you won’t miss a thing... >>

Computer Security: your car, my control

We have discussed the Internet of Things (IoT) and its security implications already in past issues of the CERN Bulletin, for example in “Today’s paranoia, tomorrow’s reality” (see here). Unfortunately, tomorrow has come. At this years's Black Hat conference researchers presented their findings on how easily your car can be hacked and controlled remotely. Sigh. >>

Ombud’s Corner: stuck in conflict – why me first?

When a long-standing conflict appears to permeate every action, and even the rest of the team seem resigned to there being no hope of a solution, there is still always a way out, even if only one of the people concerned decides to do something about it… >>

Maurizio Lo Vetere (1965 - 2015)

The high-energy physics community mourns the sudden loss of Maurizio Lo Vetere, CMS and TOTEM member, who was the victim of a bike accident. >>

Official News

Documents issued by the french ministry of foreign affairs and international development  
109TH ACCU Meeting  
15 September: Annual Information Meeting of the Pension Fund  
Education fees – New forms  

Training and Development

Places available - Technical training (up to the end of 2015)  
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Roof renovation of buildings 128 and 129  
Summer Restaurant opening times  
Going on holiday? Travelling on duty? Do you know what to do if your mobile phone is lost or stolen?  
Work on the Building 4 car park and closure of Entrance A  
Traffic modifications on Routes Rutherford, Democrite and Fermi  


Conference: “Space and Research: Which future for the coming generation” | 18 September | Uni Mail  
Diversity in Action workshop | 18 September | Business Centre Technoparc  
Academic training lectures | The outlook for energy supply and demand | 14 - 16 September  
Lecture | Accelerating innovation... in medicine: cancer research on the ALICE accelerator | 28 September  

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