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CERN Courier: December 1999

Cover of CERN Courier Volume 39 Issue 10



Edited by Emma Sanders


40 years of CERN's Proton Synchrotron

CERN's Proton Synchrotron achieved its first high-energy beams 40 years ago. The pioneers at CERN had dared to follow a new, untested route in a bid to become the world's highest energy machine. Now, 40 years later, the valiant Proton Synchrotron remains the ever-resourceful hub of an unrivalled particle beam network.

Radioactive beams drive physics forward

Radioactive ion beams provide access to a variety of research, from basic nuclear physics to the life sciences. Thomas Nilsson looks at the varied radioactive ion beam research programme of CERN's veteran, but constantly evolving, ISOLDE facility.

Handling high-energy spin

The discovery of spin was a surprise, and the subsequent history of spin physics has lived up to this reputation. With plenty of spin puzzles still around, physicists have to look at how to handle spin at the highest energies.

Silver celebration for Swiss pions

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the first particle beams at the former Swiss Institute for Nuclear Research, now better known as the Paul Scherrer Institute.