Technical visits, September 11th

In the event that the minimum attendance for a visit has not been reached, we reserve the right to cancel the visit and the participants will be fully reimbursed

CERN visit
Price: 55€ per person (Round trip, visits and lunch)

Founded in 1954, the CERN laboratory sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. It hosts the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), i.e. the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator ever built. It first started up on 10 September 2008, and remains the latest addition to CERN’s accelerator complex. The LHC consists of a 27-kilometre ring of superconducting magnets with a number of accelerating structures to boost the energy of the particles along their orbit. Seven LHC experiments use detectors to analyze and study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles.

Program of the day
08:00                   Departure from Lyon by bus
10:30 - 11:30   Presentation of CERN
11:30 - 13:00   Lunch at Restaurant Novae n°1 and possibly visit of the Microcosm Exhibition
13:00 - 17:00   Guided tour through 4 ground-level visit points
20:00                Arrival at Lyon via Saint-Exupery Airport; also possibility from CERN to go directly with Tramway + Bus or Taxi to the Geneva Airport

Ground-Level visit points

EPS Historic Sites - CERN 600 MeV 1 – The 600 MeV synchrocyclotron(SC) was the first accelerator that came into operation at CERN in 1957. The accelerator energy was suggested by Enrico Fermi himself. It provided beams for CERN’s first particle and nuclear physics experiments and operated for 33 years.

SM18 Hall and the OSQAR experiment – In this hall, all LHC superconducting magnets have been tested on horizontal cryogenic benches prior to their installation in the tunnel. More recently vertical cryogenic test benches have been built and are in construction. The 20 m long prototype HTS link for the LHC high luminosity upgrade has also been tested in this hall2.
The SM18 hall also hosts the OSQAR experiment, which combines the use of high magnetic fields with high power laser beams to explore the low energy frontier of Particle/Astroparticle Physics and the possible origin of dark matter and dark energy3.
CERN Control Center (CCC)4 – The purpose of the CERN Control Centre (CCC) is to gather control and command systems of the laboratory's eight accelerators as well as those for cryogenics and superconducting magnets.

ATLAS Exhibition and 3D film5 – ATLAS is one of the biggest multipurpose experiments installed at one of the collisions points of the LHC and which has contributed to the discovery of the Higgs Boson.

Example of pictures

The SM18 hall during the testing phase of LHC superconducting dipole magnets

The SM18 hall with the OSQAR experiment


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