Why has physics lab CERN joined forces with Airbus?

Pioneering physics lab CERN is working with Airbus to research new technologies that will benefit aviation, reports Mark Broadbent

CERN in Switzerland is probably Europe’s best-known scientific research centre. Located northwest of Geneva, straddling the French-Swiss border, it is home to massive underground bunkers hosting experiments at the leading edge of particle physics. There have been various engineering and technology achievements at CERN – and the facility is currently finding out how superconducting technology might play a role in Airbus’ efforts in creating new and cleaner aircraft.

Located north west of Geneva, CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research and a specialist in researching superconductivity


Giant physics lab

Officially CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The acronym EONR has never really caught on, however – CERN reports to the Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, the group of 12 European countries that founded the facility back in the early 1950s to study atomic and subatomic interactions.

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