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During 2016, the construction of the 750 MHz Radio-Frequency Quadrupole (RFQ) was successfully completed.
CERN patented Gas Electron Multiplier updated for use in hadron therapy and radiotherapy.
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.
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).
Horizon 2020 project ARIES aims to improve the performance, availability and sustainability of particle accelerators, transferring its benefits and applications to science and society.
In September 2019, CERN, the foundation Commodity Risk Management Expertise Centre (CORMEC) and the Wageningen University signed an agreement to develop new methods for identifying anomalies that can harm the integrity of commodity and financial markets.
CERN's TimePix3 chip will be used on third license by ASI for devices in X-ray imaging, electron microscopy to particle track reconstruction.
TIM, the Train Inspection Monorail, is a mini vehicle autonomously monitoring the 27-km long LHC tunnel.
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.

Media Gallery

Recent Media Coverage of CERN's Knowledge Transfer Activities.

CERN is developing an accelerator for cancer treatment

Article from the Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network (Russia / Russian)

With a small help from CERN, a painting has been attributed to Raphaël

Article in Le Temps (Switzerland / French)

Science and Technology Facilities Council

Commissioned by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and...


It consists in the fact that the know-how in the form of e.g. specific skills, research results...


The fact that CERN attracts top scientists from all over the world is due to the particle...

Tech Xplore

White Rabbit, a CERN-born technology, sets a new global standard.

Innovation News Network

The AIDA-2020 Proof-of-Concept fund was set up to support development projects with the potential to...


PlanetWatch completes seed round to further real-time air quality monitoring on Algorand.