Taking a closer look at LHC
The origins of CERN are generally traced back to 1949, when the French theorist and Nobel laureate Louis de Broglie proposed setting up a new European laboratory to halt the exodus of physics talent from Europe to North America. A year later, at a UNESCO conference in Florence, the American Nobel-prize winner Isidor Rabi put forward a resolution calling on UNESCO "to assist and encourage the formation and organization of regional centres and laboratories in order to increase and make more fruitful the international collaboration of scientists".
The resolution was unanimously adopted and, after two more UNESCO conferences, 11 European governments agreed to set up a provisional Conseil Européene pour la Recherche Nucléaire (CERN). The new council met in Amsterdam and a site near Geneva in Switzerland was selected. By 1953 the physicists who would build CERN's first accelerators had already started collaborating with their opposite numbers at the Brookhaven lab in the US, although the new laboratory did not formally come into existence until the CERN convention was ratified by the first 12 member states on 29 September 1954. The new lab was called the Organisation Européene pour la Recherche Nucléaire but it has been known as CERN ever since.
CERN also brings European countries together in more obvious ways. Part of the laboratory is in Switzerland and part is in France. The main site at Meyrin straddles the border, but you can only enter and leave through the gates placed in Switzerland. There is also a second site at Prevessin in France.
Most of the 27 km long Large Hadron Collider are in France: the control room is at Prevessin and all the detectors, apart from ATLAS, are also on (or under) French soil.
The 12 member states that signed the CERN convention in 1954 were Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and Yugoslavia.
Since then Yugoslavia has left and Austria, Spain, Portugal, Finland, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria Israel, Romania have all joined, and Serbia became in December 2018 the 23rd member.
Associate Member in the pre-stage to Membership: Cyprus and Slovenia
Associate Members, Candidates: Croatia, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Pakistan, Türkiye and Ukraine
India, Japan,and the US all have Observer status, as do the European Union and UNESCO. The Observer status of the Russian Federation is suspended until further notice, due to the military invasion of Ukraine.
Non-Member States (with dates of Co-operation Agreements) currently involved in CERN programmes are: Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Iceland, Iran, Jordan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Peru, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam
As of 2019, CERN receives contributions from states with a total population of about 650 million people. Averaged across those states, the contribution per person during 2019 is about 2 €/year.
It is estimated that about half of the 13,000 particle physicists in the world are involved in experiments at the lab. Some 4499 come from the 20 member states, and there are also large contingents from Russia (744), the US (586) and Japan (103).
(Taken from CERN Website)
(*) For the bibliography used when writing this Section please go to the References Section
Xabier Cid Vidal, PhD in experimental Particle Physics for Santiago University (USC). Research Fellow in experimental Particle Physics at CERN from January 2013 to Decembre 2015. Currently, he is in USC Particle Physics Department ("Ramon y Cajal", Spanish Postdoctoral Senior Grants).
Ramon Cid Manzano, secondary school Physics Teacher at IES de SAR (Santiago - Spain), and part-time Lecturer (Profesor Asociado) in Faculty of Education at the University of Santiago (Spain), until his retirement in 2020. He has a Degree in Physics and in Chemistry, and is PhD for Santiago University (USC).
CERN and the Environment
For the bibliography used when writing this Section please go to the References Section
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