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World's largest superconducting magnet switches on

Geneva, 20 November 2006. The largest superconducting magnet ever built has successfully been powered up to its nominal operating conditions at the first attempt. Called the Barrel Toroid because of its shape, this magnet provides a powerful magnetic field for ATLAS, one of the major particle detectors being prepared to take data at CERN1's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the new particle accelerator scheduled to turn on in November 2007.

New experiment to investigate the effect of galactic cosmic rays on clouds and climate

Geneva, 19 October 2006. A novel experiment, known as CLOUD (Cosmics Leaving OUtdoor Droplets), begins taking its first data today with a prototype detector in a particle beam at CERN1, the world's largest laboratory for particle physics. The goal of the experiment is to investigate the possible influence of galactic cosmic rays on Earth's clouds and climate. This represents the first time a high energy physics accelerator has been used for atmospheric and climate science.

World's largest scientific Grid sustains a million jobs per month

Geneva, 25 September 2006. A milestone for scientific Grid computing was announced today at the launch of EGEE’06, a major conference on scientific Grids hosted by CERN1 and held in Geneva this week. The Enabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE) project2 maintains a global Grid infrastructure that has been able to sustain more than 30000 jobs a day – over a million per month – for a period of six months this year.

CERN Grid leadership recognized by business world

Geneva, 15 September 2006. This week at GridWorld, a major conference for enterprise Grids held in Washington, D.C., CERN1 was honoured with two awards for “Most Innovative Grid Implementation in Public Sector Research” and “Overall Top Research Grid”. The awards were presented by the publishers of GRIDtoday, a leading source of news on Grid technology for the business world. These awards signal the growing interest of the business community in the Grid technology that CERN and its partners have been developing.

Mammoth CMS magnet reaches full-field at CERN

Geneva, 13 September 2006. The world’s largest superconducting solenoid magnet has reached full field. Weighing in at over 10,000 tonnes, the CMS experiment’s magnet is built around a 6-metre diameter, 13-metre long superconducting solenoid coil. It generates a field of 4 teslas, some 100,000 times higher than that of the Earth, and stores 2.5 gigajoules of energy, sufficient to melt 18 tonnes of gold.

CERN switches on neutrino beam to Gran Sasso

Geneva, 11 September 2006. CERN1 has switched on a new neutrino beam, aimed through the earth to the INFN2 Gran Sasso Laboratories some 730km away near Rome. This is the latest addition to a global endeavour to understand this most elusive of particles and unlock the secrets it carries about the origins and evolution of our Universe. The start of the project was marked today by a ceremony at the Gran Sasso Laboratories attended by Italian Minister for Universities and Research, Fabio Mussi, and CERN Director General Robert Aymar.


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