of the world's particle physicists - about 6500 people
- do research at CERN. They come from over 500 universities
in 80 countries.
staff also includes highly specialized engineers, technicians,
designers and craftspeople. All told, about 3000 people
are employed to prepare, run, analyze and interpret the
complex scientific experiments that make CERN a successful
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Spain, theoretical physicist (photo: CERN)
"The most interesting problem about the cosmos, about
the universe is -- what is there in those pieces of universe
where there is nothing?"
England, principal investigator on
the ASACUSA experiment.
of the things we would like to believe...is that there could
be a mirror world...made of antimatter, which would work
in exactly the same way as the world we live in."
United States, student from Harvard working on the ATRAP
"I don't feel there's any difference
in doing experiment(s) with a collaboration of international
scientists...In the end, scientists always work on the same
principles and it's applicable anywhere."
United States, principal investigator
on the ATRAP experiment.
you eventually ... understand something that no one's understood
before, there's a huge kick that goes with that."
Japan, research physicist working on the ASACUSA
current interest is...to understand how these small particles
fit into the real world....We're made of particles, but
it's not certain how these small particles come to be us."
principal investigator and spokesperson for the ATHENA
basic question is why do we exist, and how could that happen....That's
Switzerland, research physicist on the ATHENA
think CERN is a great place for women....Since I arrived
here, I've seen so much encouragement and people helping
Germany, postdoctoral research physicist on the ATRAP
is fun, as all science, and I thank you that you help us
to share this fun with people all over the world and outside
physics...bring them closer to it and us closer to them."
Wales, Ph.D. student from University of Swansie, working on
most interesting thing about being here is being involved
with so many people from all over the world."
United States, graduate research physicist on the
radioactive source...has a lifetime of 2.2 years. That's
a long time for a positron emitter..and it cost $80,000...every
2.2 years it loses half its value."
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