CERN accelerators
  1. 02/02/1934

    Ernest Lawrence patents the cyclotron

    In 1929 Ernest Lawrence – then associate…

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  2. 11/05/1957

    CERN's first accelerator - the Synchrocyclotron - starts up

    The 600 MeV Synchrocyclotron (SC), built in 1957…

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  3. 24/11/1959

    The Proton Synchrotron starts up

    The Proton Synchrotron (PS) accelerated protons…

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  4. 10/02/1971

    Council commissions the Super Proton Synchrotron

    Seven kilometres in circumference, the Super…

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  5. 31/07/1974

    Super Proton Synchrotron tunnel completed

    A few months after the signature of the agreement…

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  6. 03/05/1976

    The Super Proton Synchrotron starts up

    The Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) became the…

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  7. 14/07/1989

    Large Electron-Positron collider: First injection

    With its 27-kilometre circumference, the Large…

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  8. 20/10/1995

    LHC Conceptual Design Report published

    The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project is…

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  9. 07/02/1997

    Antiproton Decelerator approved

    In 1996 CERN's antiproton machines – the…

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  10. 02/11/2000

    LEP's final shutdown

    The Large Electron-Positron collider was shut…

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  11. 10/09/2008

    The LHC starts up

    At 10.28am on 10 September 2008 a beam of protons…

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  12. AWAKE beam line commisioning
    AWAKE beam line commisioning (Image: CERN)

    AWAKE achieves the first acceleration of electrons using a wave generated by protons zipping…

    The AWAKE collaboration at CERN reports in Nature…

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