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A Physical Chemist Visits CERN

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is located in Geneva, Switzerland and in bordering France. CERN was founded by European scientists seeking to revive world-class science in a continent devastated by World War II; it is celebrating its sixty-year anniversary. CERN’s first major experiment was a 600-MeV synchrocyclotron, initiated in 1957 and retired only in 1991. That apparatus was recognized on 19th June 2014 as a Historic Site by the European Physics Society, about three weeks after our visit. CERN is the home of the world’s largest scientific apparatus, the Large Hadron Collider, located an average 90 m below ground in a tunnel 27 km in circumference. The apparatus currently is undergoing a two-year retrofit to generate more power. Thus we were able to visit the opened CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) with, as our guide, Dr. Eric Heijne, who was a key developer of detectors during his 37-year career at CERN.

Dr. Robert K. Wismer

Department of Chemistry, Millersville University

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

4 - 5 pm

Roddy Hall, Room 149

Refreshments will be available at 3:30

All are invited to attend!!!