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CERN's expertise builds broadly on three technical fields: accelerators, detectors and computing. Behind these three pillars of technology, lies a great number of areas of expertise: from cryogenics to ultra-high vacuums, from particle tracking and radiation monitoring to superconductivity and many more. These technologies, and the human expertise associated with them, translate into positive impact on society in many different fields.

Application fields of CERN technologies and know-how

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BAQ, a start-up using CERN technologies, tackles radon in buildings.
A portable RFQ acclerator expects to open up for new possibilities in art studies.
The start-up Camstech Ltd joined the STFC-CERN Business Incubation Centre in 2016.
CELESTA stands for CERN Latchup Experiments Student sAtellite and will be the first CERN-driven microsatellite.
The collaboration agreement between CERN and ESA, signed in July 2019, addresses the challenge of operating in harsh radiation environments found in both particle-physics facilities and outer space.
FastIC project catching the attention of the Medical Imaging industry.
A team of experts from CERN shared their expertise on machine learning with Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines business unit of Sanofi, a global life sciences company.
In March 2020, a working group was established by CERN Director-General Fabiola Gianotti as a response to the wealth of ideas and proposals put forward by the CERN community in contribution to the global fight against COVID-19
2019 saw the official launch of the Next Ion Medical Machine Study (NIMMS), an umbrella R&D programme for – both existing and new – CERN accelerator technologies linked to heavy-ion therapy.