High-precision engineering and assembly at micro & macro scale:
CERN components must be built to strict dimensional tolerances and sustain the highest level of performance, especially in challenging environments. Over >50 years, CERN experts have developed specialised procedures and significant experience in precision engineering and assembly, for macro- and micro-scale components.
Thin film coatings for high-performance applications:
CERN components must meet demanding expectations in performance and longevity. To achieve this, CERN experts have accumulated over 50 years of experience in the development and application of novel thin film coatings for functional and optical use, including in ultra-high vacuum (UHV) systems and high-energy detectors.
Micro-pattern technologies and processes:
CERN personnel develops, prototypes, constructs, maintains and operates some of the largest and most complex detectors in the world. This begins at the micro-scale, with the production of PCBs, thick film and thin film hybrids, flex-rigid boards, fine line flex circuits, large size boards, and sequential build up multilayers with microvias.
Thermal management using silicon microchannels:
The volumetric power density of a LHC Pixel detector is approximately 100 W/dm3 - comparable to the most demanding high power electronics applications. To provide stable and precisely controlled thermal management, CERN experts have developed know-how in the design and manufacture of ultra-thin microchannel cooling plates.
Designing stable lightweight carbon fibre structures:
Expertise in the design, manufacture, installation and integration of stable, lightweight support structures based on Carbon Fibre Composite Materials, required to provide long lasting structural integrity and stability to the detectors while being exposed to high radiation and magnetic fields.
Heavy equipment handling in complex spaces:
Expertise in the design, installation, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of transport and handling equipment – particularly those in confined or difficult-to-access spaces.
Civil Engineering for large-scale infrastructure projects:
Civil engineering expertise in the pre-construction and construction phases of large, complex infrastructure – including management of the technical feasibility, geological reality, associated risks and challenges.