Facilities and Laboratories

During iaps2CERN 2020, various facilities, collaborations, and laboratories will be visited in order to show the various research activities carried out at CERN! This page will be updated as we finalize our program, so keep checking back for further info!


CMS is one of CERN’s main experiements, a general-purpose detector used by the facility to inverstiagte particle collisions created by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

The Compact Muon Solenoid uses an enormous solenoid magnet capable of generating magnetic fields of 4 T to bend the particles produced in collisions in the LHC. How they move under its magnetic field displays their charge and momentum, allowing the detector to identify particles and create snapshots of their movement. It is particularly focused on directly observing muon particles. 


ISOLDE is a collaboration dedicated to studies of the properties of atomic nuclei, with further applications in fundamental studies, astrophysics, material, and life sciences.

The Isotope mass Separator On-Line facility (ISOLDE) is a unique source of low-energy beams of radioactive nuclides, that started working on 1967. It permits the study of the vast territory of atomic nuclei, including the most exotic species. The high intensity proton beam from the Proton Synchrotron Booster (PSB) is directed into specially developed thick targets, yielding a large variety of atomic fragments. Different devices are used to ionize, extract, and separate nuclei according to their mass, forming a low-energy beam. This beam is delivered to various experimental stations, where various topics are investigated, from material science to medical physics.



RD51 is a Research & Development Collaboration at CERN with the aim of advancing the technological development and application of Micropattern Gas Detectors.

It aims at facilitating the development of advanced gas-avalanche detector technologies and associated electronic-readout systems, for applications in basic and applied research. Several CERN collaborations, such as ATLAS and CMS, use the gaseous detectores developed and tested at the RD51 collaboration to take data coming from the LHC.


The Antimatter Factory at CERN is the only facility in the world where anitmatter is regularly created on a day-to-day basis. Two machines, the Antiproton Decelerator and the Extra Low ENergy Antiproton (ELENA) machine, create antiprotons to combine with positrons, producing antihydrogen for other CERN experiments.