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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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In March 2018, experts from ESA and IROC Technologies came to perform tests in VESPER.
Kryolize is a software tool for sizing relief valves that protect against overpressure, and benefits from funding from the CERN Knowledge Transfer Fund.
LG Display get license for CERN middleware software
A project to renew the emergency lighting systems within the LHC, and other tunnels of CERN's accelerator complex, has resulted in an innovative design for a radiation resistant power supply.
The brilliant light produced by synchrotron light sources has opened up new possibilities for the detailed scientific analysis of cultural artefacts.
ntellectual property (IP) lies at the core of successful knowledge transfer at CERN, allowing CERN to manage scientific and technological developments for maximum impact in society. One example is the CERN Open Hardware Licence (OHL).
The expertise of the CERN specialists continues to be an important source of knowledge for the work of the MedAustron experts.
ADVACAM – a company using CERN Medipix technology - developed a new range of X-ray imaging cameras optimised for composite material testing.
CERN's Large Metrology section consulting on metrology technology.