Name: Research Infrastructure for Experiments at CERN

Institute: Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Coordinator: doc. Mgr. Alexander Kupčo, Ph.D.;


CERN-CZ organizes the participation of Czech universities and research institutions in the international particle physics laboratory CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire) in Geneva, Switzerland. CERN operates the world’s largest particle accelerator – Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – and hosts experiments which study particle collisions at the highest energies. It thus plays a world-leading role in the research of elementary particle physics and the properties of matter under extreme conditions. CERN coordinates and organizes European research in this field. The aim of CERN-CZ is to support the participation of the Czech Republic at CERN experiments, primarily in the area of the development, construction and operation of these research facilities. Because of this support, scientists from Czech research institutions have free access to CERN experimental data. The support also covers the operation of local Czech research infrastructure, which is substantial for detector production, as well as computing infrastructure for data processing. CERN-CZ develops new technologies for particle detectors, including their applications, primarily in the field of calorimetry and semiconductor tracking detectors. The technology scope of CERN-CZ covers issues in the development and construction of detectors, including radiation hardened semiconductor detectors, electronics, cryogenics, vacuum technologies, metrology, electronic and mechanical design, databases and the processing of extreme data volumes. In coordination with the Committee for Collaboration of the Czech Republic with CERN, which is an advisory body to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, CERN-CZ also ensures the representation and exercise of rights in CERN’s governing and advisory bodies and authorities of particular experiments. The unique experimental equipment at CERN, constructed and operated with the help of Czech research institutions, enables the research community of the Czech Republic to make important contributions to world-class results in nuclear and particle physics, which CERN regularly achieves. One example is the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012.