Synchro-Cyclotron (CERN)

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The Synchrocyclotron (SC)

The Synchro-Cyclotron, or Synchrocyclotron (SC), built in 1957, was CERN’s first accelerator. It provided beams for CERN's first experiments in particle and nuclear physics, where the accelerated ions could reach energies up to 600 MeV. In 1964, this machine started to concentrate on nuclear physics alone, leaving particle physics to the newer and more powerful Proton Synchrotron.

The SC became a remarkably long-lived machine. In 1967, it started supplying beams for a dedicated radioactive-ion-beam facility called ISOLDE, which still carries out research ranging from pure nuclear physics to astrophysics and medical physics. In 1990, ISOLDE was transferred to the Proton Synchrotron Booster, and the SC closed down after 33 years of service.[1]


  1. ^ "The Sychrocyclotron". Retrieved 2014-10-10.

Coordinates: 46°13′58.7136″N 6°03′9.9468″E / 46.232976000°N 6.052763000°E / 46.232976000; 6.052763000