DESY is one of the world’s leading accelerator centres. Founded in Hamburg in 1959, and named for its first project (the Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron), DESY hosted the PETRA storage ring, where the gluon was discovered, and the HERA collider, where the structure of the proton was studied with unprecedented precision. Research at DESY now focuses on four areas: accelerators, photon science, particle physics, and astroparticle physics.

CERN Courier laboratory correspondent: Till Mundzeck

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