- 1 What does CERN mean?
- 2 What is CERN trying to do?
- 3 Why is CERN so important?
- 4 What is the meaning behind the CERN logo?
- 5 Why is there a statue of Shiva at CERN?
- 6 What is the God particle theory?
- 7 Can CERN create a black hole?
- 8 Why is CERN underground?
- 9 Is CERN still operating?
- 10 What did CERN do in 2012?
- 11 How is CERN powered?
- 12 Can we visit CERN?
- 13 Is CERN underground?
- 14 What does CERN study?
What does CERN mean?
The name CERN is derived from the acronym for the French “Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire”, or European Council for Nuclear Research, a provisional body founded in 1952 with the mandate of establishing a world-class fundamental physics research organization in Europe.
What is CERN trying to do?
At CERN, we probe the fundamental structure of the particles that make up everything around us. Physicists and engineers at CERN use the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – fundamental particles.
Why is CERN so important?
Advancing the frontiers of technology
Fundamental research is CERN’s primary mission, but the Laboratory also plays a vital role in developing the technologies of tomorrow. From materials science to computing, particle physics demands the ultimate in performance, making CERN an important test-bed for industry.
What is the meaning behind the CERN logo?
The word ‘CERN‘, which is the acronym derived from the Organization’s first official title: Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, or European Council for Nuclear Research. The interlaced rings, which are a simplified representation of the accelerator chain and the particle tracks.
Why is there a statue of Shiva at CERN?
Why does CERN have a statue of Shiva? The Shiva statue was a gift from India to celebrate its association with CERN, which started in the 1960’s and remains strong today. In the Hindu religion, Lord Shiva practiced Nataraj dance which symbolises Shakti, or life force. India is one of CERN’s associate member states.
What is the God particle theory?
The Higgs boson is the fundamental particle associated with the Higgs field, a field that gives mass to other fundamental particles such as electrons and quarks. A particle’s mass determines how much it resists changing its speed or position when it encounters a force.
Can CERN create a black hole?
The LHC will not generate black holes in the cosmological sense. However, some theories suggest that the formation of tiny ‘quantum’ black holes may be possible.
Why is CERN underground?
Why was the LHC built underground? The LHC has been built in a tunnel originally constructed for a previous collider, LEP (Large Electron Positron collider). This was the most economical solution to building both LEP and the LHC.
Is CERN still operating?
Most of the current shutdown is focused on preparatory civil-engineering works for the HL-LHC, but CERN staff are using the two-year break to carry out vital maintenance on the accelerator and experiments before the LHC switches back in 2021 for a final three-year run.
What did CERN do in 2012?
Geneva, 17 December 2012. This morning CERN1 completed the first LHC proton run. The remarkable first three-year run of the world’s most powerful particle accelerator was crowned by a new performance milestone. The space between proton bunches in the beams was halved to further increase beam intensity.
How is CERN powered?
During LHC operations, the CERN site draws roughly 200 MW of electrical power from the French electrical grid, which, for comparison, is about one-third the energy consumption of the city of Geneva; the LHC accelerator and detectors draw about 120 MW thereof. Each day of its operation generates 140 terabytes of data.
Can we visit CERN?
Visits to CERN are free but demand is high so you will need to book well in advance. Specific tours are available for: Schools. Groups.
Is CERN underground?
CERN operates state-of-the-art scientific instrumentation, particle accelerators and detectors, in the pursuit of fundamental knowledge about matter and the universe. Its largest accelerator, the LHC, is an underground ring measuring 27 kilometres in circumference that smashes tiny particles into each other.
What does CERN study?
CERN’s main focus is particle physics – the study of the fundamental constituents of matter – but the physics programme at the laboratory is much broader, ranging from nuclear to high-energy physics, from studies of antimatter to the possible effects of cosmic rays on clouds.