Press releases 2002

CERN experiment provides first glimpse inside cold antihydrogen

Geneva, 24 October 2002. The ATRAP1 experiment at the Antiproton Decelerator at CERN2 has detected and measured large numbers of cold antihydrogen atoms. Relying on ionization of the cold antiatoms when they pass through a strong electric field gradient, the ATRAP measurement provides the first glimpse inside an antiatom, and the first information about the physics of antihydrogen. The results have been accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters.

CERN illuminates the "Shadows of the Infinite"

Geneva, 23 October 2002. CERN1 the world's leading particle physics research laboratory, has joined forces with the London Institute, one of the world's leading institutions in creativity to bring about a European revolution in arts and science with the aid of funding from the EC.

The London Institute will unveil five radical new fusions of art and science across Europe in one week at the beginning of November. These are:

Marie Curie Fellowships showcased at CERN

Geneva, 1 October 2002. CERN1 becomes a showcase for European Union (EU) research on 3-4 October when it hosts a workshop for EU-funded Marie Curie fellows working in various fields of physics and technology. The Marie Curie scheme gives young researchers from around the continent the mobility to go to wherever Europe's best facilities in their chosen field happen to be, and it is a key plank in the EU's strategy of creating a European Research Area.

HP joins CERN collaboration to advance grid computing technologies

Geneva, 25 September 2002. CERN1 and HP2 today announced that HP would join the CERN openlab for DataGrid applications. This group is an industrial collaboration formed to push the limits of emerging Grid technologies by developing novel solutions to the massive data storage and analysis challenges of both the research community and the IT industry.

Thousands of cold anti-atoms produced at CERN

Geneva, 18 September 2002. An international team of physicists working at the Antiproton Decelerator (AD) facility at CERN* has announced the first controlled production of large numbers of antihydrogen atoms at low energies. After mixing cold clouds of trapped positrons and antiprotons - the antiparticles of the familiar electron and proton - under closely monitored conditions, the ATHENA collaboration has identified antihydrogen atoms, formed when positrons bind together with antiprotons. The results are published online today by the journal Nature1.

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