CERN orders vacuum technology from Pfeiffer Vacuum
Pfeiffer Vacuum has received a major leak detector order from the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, better known as CERN.
Located in Geneva, on the Franco-Swiss border, CERN is the largest centre for particle physics research in the world.
Its main business is fundamental physics – finding out what the universe is made of and researching the basic constituents of matter.
The particle accelerator LHC (Large Hadron Collider) has a circumference of some 27 kilometres and collides proton or ion beams at nearly the speed of light.
The LHC is the largest vacuum installation on Earth with thousands of welds, flanges, feedthroughs and complex internal circuits.
For the accelerated particles to travel in beam lines, ultra-high vacuum (UHV) is essential.
To maintain such a very low pressure it is crucial to keep the leak rates as low as possible, hence CERN’s new order of technology from Pfeiffer Vacuum.