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

  • Compact Accelerator for Art Analysis
    How can you tell the difference between a masterpiece and a masterful forgery? A project between CERN and INFN is expected to open up new possibilities to answer this question.
    cultural-heritage
  • SAFETYN: General Aviation Safety & CERN KT
    In 2018, the start-up SAFETYN SaS joined InnoGEX, the French BIC of CERN technologies.
    safety
    start-up
  • ActiWiz: Licence Signed with ARRONAX, Co-development of Standards for Characterisation of Activated Material
    Developing standards for activated material characterisation would not only improve the safe handling of these materials, but also help unclutter storage facilities by removing materials that can be recycled.
    safety
    licensing
  • CYCLADS: Designing an Innovative Cyclotron for Nuclear Waste Transmutation
    The CYCLADS project aims to design an innovative High Power Cyclotron as part of Accelerator Driven Systems (ADS), for novel nuclear waste management applications.
    safety
  • Improving Safety, Reliability and Availability of Autonomous Vehicles
    A2O Innovation Solutions is a start-up providing technologies for weight reduction, operational efficiency and CO2 emission reduction mainly targeted at the transport sector.
    industry-4-0
    start-up
  • Medipix X-ray Technology: from Particle Tracking to Aviation Inspection
    ADVACAM – a company using CERN Medipix technology - developed a new range of X-ray imaging cameras optimised for composite material testing.
    aerospace
  • Irradiation Facilities with High-energy Protons / Neutrons / Gammas
    The following CERN irradiation facilities will be part of CERN-ESA protocol on radiation testing: IRRAD, CERF, n_TOF, and CALLAB.
    aerospace
  • SPS Proton Beam Tests for HERD
    In October 2018, the SPS North Area (H2 line) supported several scientific beam tests, led by the University of Geneva.
    aerospace
  • High Penetration Tests in SPS North Area
    In November 2018, an ESA-led team came to CERN to test many space components with one of the most energetic radiation beams available on earth: the lead-ion beam delivered by CERN’s Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) accelerator.
    aerospace
  • JUICE Mission Test in VESPER
    In March 2018, experts from ESA and IROC Technologies came to perform tests in VESPER.
    aerospace
  • First Commercial Customers in CHARM
    A commercial agreement was established with ISIS (Innovative Solutions In Space) BV, a Dutch company specialised in nanosat solutions.
    aerospace
  • Towards High-resolution Single Photon Imaging Using Highly-polarised Gamma-emitting Nuclei
    This project is devoted to the development, testing and first applications of a high-resolution single photon imaging technique (Gamma MRI).
    medtech
  • ALPIDE: A New Methodology for Proton CT
    A new Monolithic Active Pixel Sensor, originally developed to upgrade the ALICE inner tracking system during the second long shutdown of LHC, is on its way to Bergen University for a very different application – Proton Computed Tomography (Proton CT).
    medtech
  • Pharma Company Using CERN File System
    The CernVM File System was developed to assist high-energy physics collaborations to deploy software on the worldwide-distributed computing infrastructure used to run data processing applications.
    medtech
    licensing
  • Towards the Next Generation Ion Therapy Facilities
    In 2018, CERN laid the foundations for a collaborative study to start in 2019, to tackle the design and the key components for a new generation of compact and cost-effective light-ion medical accelerators.
    medtech
    r-amp-amp-d-collaboration
  • A Versatile Gas Detector
    CERN patented Gas Electron Multiplier updated for use in hadron therapy and radiotherapy.
    medtech
    licensing
  • ASI Obtains TimePix3 Licence from CERN
    CERN's TimePix3 chip will be used on third license by ASI for devices in X-ray imaging, electron microscopy to particle track reconstruction.
    other
    licensing
  • Collaboration Spotting - Spotting Collaborations in Particle Physics
    CERN software used for applied research in pharmaceuticals, IT networks analytics, neurology and mapping the educational space.
    other
    r-amp-amp-d-collaboration
  • Bringing Portable Accelerators Into Museums
    A portable RFQ acclerator expects to open up for new possibilities in art studies.
    cultural-heritage
    r-amp-amp-d-collaboration
  • X-Ray Eyes For Art Authentication And Restoration
    The Medipix collaboration technology is finding its way into the cultural heritage field, where its used for art restoration and imaging.
    cultural-heritage
    licensing
  • LG Display Gets Licence On Middleware Software For Factory Automation
    LG Display get license for CERN middleware software
    industry-4-0
    licensing
  • Metrology Know-How Being Deployed On Electricité de France's Network
    CERN's Large Metrology section consulting on metrology technology.
    industry-4-0
  • DC/DC Converters
    MAGICS Instruments receives license for CERN developed DC/DC converter chip.
    aerospace
    licensing
  • CERN experts shared their expertise on machine learning with Sanofi Pasteur
    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.
    medtech
  • New Mission Flying CERN Technology: Launch of VZLUSAT-1
    VZLUSAT-1 is a technological nanosatellite for in-orbit demonstration of new technologies and products.
    aerospace
  • CERN Chip for the Medical Imaging Industry
    FastIC project catching the attention of the Medical Imaging industry.
    medtech
    r-amp-amp-d-collaboration
  • Electron Guns for Hadron Therapy
    LINAC-based technology finds way into cancer therapy.
    medtech
  • FLUKA: Simulations for Hadron Therapy
    FLUKA is a particle transport and interaction simulation code, originally developed by CERN and INFN for particle physics, which finds applications in a wide range of other domains including medical.
    medtech
    licensing
  • CELESTA Successful Start of Phase B
    CELESTA stands for CERN Latchup Experiments Student sAtellite and will be the first CERN-driven microsatellite.
    aerospace
  • B-RAD: Ensuring Radiation Safety in Strong Magnetic Fields
    Initially developed for use by CERN's radiation protection group and the fire brigade, CERN's B-RAD portable radiation survey meter uses innovative solutions based on silicon photomultipliers to continue operating in the presence of high magnetic fields.
    safety
  • FLUKA: Particle Simulations at Your Fingertips
    In 2016, there were eleven requests for FLUKA licences. Mainly from companies performing shielding studies, but also from some in the field of safety, inspection and auditing that requested the technology, as well as companies working in radio-protection related to dismantling activated industrial facilities.
    medtech
    safety
  • GEMPix
    In 2016, CERN started investigating the use of GEMPix to measure the 3D energy deposition of a therapeutic ion beam in a water phantom, for medical imaging purposes.
    medtech
  • Power Converters in Extreme Conditions
    The European Synchotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) aquires Power Converters to power their magnets
    industry-4-0
  • TRACI: An Environmentally Friendly Cooler
    Nicknamed TRACI, for "Transportable Refrigeration Apparatus for CO2 Investigation", is a compact CO2 cooling system.
    better-planet
  • Programmable Devices in Extreme Conditions
    CERN developed a new multiple memory system (MMS), which solves this problem and increseses the reliability of a programmable system located in harsh environments.
    industry-4-0
  • Semiconductors for Medical Imaging
    G-RAY is a Swiss private company focused on the development and commercialisation of particle detectors and related services for medical imaging.
    medtech
    emerging-technologies
  • White Rabbit
    White Rabbit is a protocol developed at CERN for monitoring and controlling devices based on industrial networking technology, made available as open hardware and open source software.
    industry-4-0
  • The Medipix Chips and Collaborations: from medical imaging to space dosimetry.
    Originally developed for use in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments, the Medipix technologies have made the journey from CERN to applications across a wide range of sectors - an outstanding example of how technology developed at CERN can create societal impact.
    medtech
    aerospace
    industry-4-0
    other
  • Camstech: Electrochemical Sensors for Water Pollution Measurement
    The start-up Camstech Ltd joined the STFC-CERN Business Incubation Centre in 2016.
    better-planet
  • GeneROOT: From High-Energy Physics to Large Genomics Datasets
    GeneROOT uses a data-processing framework developed at CERN for the high-energy physics community, to analyse large genomics datasets.
    medtech
    r-amp-amp-d-collaboration
  • Linacs for Non-destructive Testing
    The brilliant light produced by synchrotron light sources has opened up new possibilities for the detailed scientific analysis of cultural artefacts.
    cultural-heritage
  • Autonomous monorail for monitoring of underground water pipelines
    TIM, the Train Inspection Monorail, is a mini vehicle autonomously monitoring the 27-km long LHC tunnel.
    industry-4-0
  • Sensor Technology on Drones
    The start-up Terabee started off providing aerial inspections and imaging services by deploying drones.
    industry-4-0
  • Data-analysis and Simulation Platforms for Life Sciences
    The CERN openlab project BioDynaMo aims to establish a high-performance, general-purpose platform, through which life scientists can easily create, run, and visualise three-dimensional biological simulations.
    medtech
  • Crystal Clear Collaboration
    The CERN group of the Crystal Clear Collaboration is developing new fast detector prototypes for use in both high-energy physics experiments and medical imaging.
    medtech
  • Lighting Your Safety Path in Radioactive Environments
    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.
    safety
  • NEASENS: a start-up to tackle radon gas risk
    Thanks to financing from the AIDA-2020 Proof-of-Concept and the CERN Medical Applications funds, the Radon Dose Monitor (RaDoM) team will work, in conjunction with Politecnico di Milano, to develop a network of smart sensors, based on CERN technology, to monitor radon and better tackle the risks of high radon levels.
    medtech
    better-planet
    start-up
  • Industrial Control and Automation
    CERN signed a knowledge transfer agreement with the company ETM, a 100% owned subsidiary of Siemens AG.
    industry-4-0
  • The Quasar Project
    Quasar is a software framework for generating OPC-UA servers, mostly used to control power supplies at CERN.
    industry-4-0
  • From LHC Magnets to High-Field MRI and Efficient Power Grids

    The ever-increasing magnetic fields required to achieve the desired energies in colliders like the LHC and in the Future Circular Collider, are the main drivers for developing superconducting cable technology. Two technology synergies are emerging: high-field Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and "smart" superconducting grids.

    medtech
    better-planet
    emerging-technologies
  • Kryolize: Novel Cryogenic Safety Software
    Kryolize is a software tool for sizing relief valves that protect against overpressure, and benefits from funding from the CERN Knowledge Transfer Fund.
    safety
  • VESPER Maiden Test for Jupiter Environment

    VESPER stands for Very energetic Electron facility for Space Planetary Exploration missions in harsh Radiative environments. It is a high-energy electron beamline for radiation testing, part of the CTF3 (Compact Linear Collider Test Facility) experimental linear electron accelerator at CERN.

    aerospace
  • A Miniature Linear Accelerator for Cancer Therapy
    During 2016, the construction of the 750 MHz Radio-Frequency Quadrupole (RFQ) was successfully completed.
    medtech
  • CERN-MEDICIS: Novel Isotopes for Medical Research
    CERN-MEDICIS (Medical Isotopes Collected from ISOLDE) is a unique facility designed to produce unconventional radioisotopes with the right properties to enhance the precision of both patient imaging and treatment.
    medtech
  • CNAO: Treating Cancer with Ions since 2011
    The National Center for Oncological Hadrontherapy (CNAO) in Pavia, Italy, is a facility offering advanced therapy to fight cancer and one of only five centres in the world treating with both protons and carbon ions.
    medtech
  • The compact universal orbital cutter: a tool for industrial piping needs
    CERN technician Didier Lombard developed a compact new pipe-cutting tool for the Large Hadron Collider, with potential applications in the gas and petrol industry.
    safety
  • Robotics Software
    The CERN Robotics Software is used to manage autonomous movement, which allows a modular robotics platform to perform sophisticated tasks.
    industry-4-0
  • FOSS4 Irrigation: how can high energy physics help with water shortage?
    Since 2016, CERN is part of a research project to develop a system for optimised irrigation, based on technologies developed for high-energy physics.
    better-planet
  • Hyperloop

    The Hyperloop competition, intiated by SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk, sets the challenge of devising a pod-like transportation system travelling at sonic or even ultrasonic speeds in high-vacuum tubes over several hundreds of kilometres - reducing travel times from hours to minutes.

    emerging-technologies
  • CERN Virtual Machine File System for Euclid Science Data Centres
    Sharing software and codes in big data environments is a challenge. To do this efficiently researchers at CERN have developed a system called CernVM-FS, for CERN Virtual Machine File System, which is currently used in high-energy physics experiments to distribute about 350 million files.
    aerospace
  • TIGRE: A new open source software for medical imaging
    In 2016, CERN and the University of Bath released a new shareware toolbox for fast, accurate 3D X-ray image reconstruction with applications in medical imaging for cancer diagnosis and treatment.
    medtech
  • MedAustron
    The expertise of the CERN specialists continues to be an important source of knowledge for the work of the MedAustron experts.
    medtech
    r-amp-amp-d-collaboration

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