In this section you will find CERN's latest updates and press releases.


Press release: AWAKE achieves first ever acceleration of electrons in a proton-driven plasma wave

Geneva, 29 August 2018. In a paper published today in the journal Nature, the AWAKE collaboration at CERN reports the first ever successful acceleration of electrons using a wave generated by protons zipping through a plasma. The acceleration obtained over a given distance is already several times higher than that of conventional technologies currently available for particle accelerators.

Press release: Long-sought decay of Higgs boson observed

Geneva, 28 August. Six years after its discovery, the Higgs boson has at last been observed decaying to fundamental particles known as bottom quarks. The finding, presented today at CERN by the ATLAS and CMS collaborations at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), is consistent with the hypothesis that the all-pervading quantum field behind the Higgs boson also gives mass to the bottom quark. Both teams have submitted their results for publication today.

Update: ALPHA experiment takes antimatter to a new level

Geneva, 22 August 2018. In a paper published today in the journal Nature, the ALPHA collaboration reports that it has literally taken antimatter to a new level. The researchers have observed the Lyman-alpha electronic transition in the antihydrogen atom, the antimatter counterpart of hydrogen, for the first time.

Update: CERN opens its doors for Researchers’ Night

On Friday, 28 September 2018, budding scientists, beginners and fans of all ages will come together for Researchers’ Night at CERN, a free and fun bilingual event.

For this great European celebration of science, the world’s biggest particle physics laboratory have opened its doors to the public each September for nine years. An excellent opportunity to share amazing scientific innovations and put on quite a show! Come and discover the background of CERN through documentaries, animations, workshops, guided tours and nocturnal exhibitions.


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