The CERN-CZ organizes and promotes the participation of the Czech research community in the international particle physics laboratory CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire) in Geneva. The CERN, with the world’s largest collider LHC (Large Hadron Collider), plays the leading role in experiments on the energy frontier. Following one of its principal roles, the CERN also organizes the European research in particle physics. The CERN-CZ aims to support the Czech contribution to developing, construction, maintenance and operating of scientific instruments in CERN experiments, including the infrastructure located in the Czech Republic necessary for R&D, detector construction, and for processing data collected by the CERN experiments. The CERN-CZ promotes new technologies for particle physics detectors and their applications and provides the expertise in the area of particle physics instrumentation, in calorimetry, tracking detectors based on semiconductors (including R&D of radiation hard detectors), detector construction, cooling, cryogenics, vacuum, electrical design, mechanical design, and data processing. The portfolio of services covers operating and maintenance of scientific devices, many of them built partially in the Czech Republic; upgrade of existing detectors and construction of new ones; operation of a computer centre, which serves as the national Tier2 centre in the CERN computer network; coordination of CERN projects through the Committee for Cooperation of the Czech Republic with CERN, and representation of the Czech Republic in CERN governing and advisory bodies, Committees and Boards of the CERN Experiments. Unique experimental devices built with the contribution of the Czech research organisations constitute the core of CERN-CZ and they allow the Czech research community to contribute adequately to the world-class results in particle and nuclear physics produced by the CERN experiments.
The research infrastructure is listed in the Roadmap of the Large Infrastructures for Research, Experimental Development and Innovations of the CR (PDF) as Research Infrastructure for Experiments at CERN .
The European Organization for Nuclear Research
ALICE detects quark-gluon plasma, a state of matter thought to have formed just after the Big Bang
From a cavern 100 metres below a small Swiss village, the 7000-tonne ATLAS detector is probing for fundamental particles
The 'Total, elastic and diffractive cross-section measurement' experiment studies particles thrust forward by collisions in the LHC
COMPASS investigates how quarks and gluons interact to give the particles we observe
The neutron time-of-flight facility (n_TOF) studies neutron-nucleus interactions for neutron energies ranging from a few meV to several GeV
Rare kaon decays can give insights into how top quarks decay – and help to check the consistency of the Standard Model
Radiation hard semiconductor devices for very high luminosity colliders
Development of Micro-Pattern Gas Detectors Technologies
RD-53 will design and produce the next generation of readout chips for the ATLAS and CMS pixel detector upgrades at the HL-LHC
Study the possible use of heavy scintillating materials in experiments at LHC
A family of pixel detector read-out chips for particle imaging and detection developed by the Medipix Collaborations
Developing highly granular calorimetry optimised for particle flow event reconstruction for future energy-frontier electron-positron coliiders, focusing on the linear colliders ILC and CLIC