Vacuum technology

Innovation in vacuum science, technology and engineering at CERN and beyond

Particle beams require extremely low pressure in the pipes in which they travel to maximise beam lifetimes and minimise backgrounds in physics detectors. This challenge drives much of today’s vacuum R&D towards simulating, controlling and mitigating the direct and indirect effects of particle beams on material surfaces. CERN brings surface-physics specialists, thin-film coating experts and galvanic-treatment professionals, together with designers and others dedicated to the operation of large vacuum equipment. This makes it one of the world’s leading R&D centres for extreme vacuum technology, for projects at CERN and beyond.

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