At Meyrin near Geneva, scientists and technicians of 13 European countries belonging to the European Organisation for Nuclear Research are preparing the world's biggest "atom smasher" - a proton-synchrotron - for its first major trial operations at the end of the year.
GV PAN Across Cern with main building in B/G, in F/G mound of earth covering the big cyclotron which will be working by the end of this year.
GV The Thermique Building.
SCU INT.PAN along Synchrocyclotron.
CU PAN..Protom beam tube.
GV Research official entering Neutron control room.
CU At control table.
CU Man watching beam on the Oscilloscope.
LV Man looking into oscilloscope, walks to panel of wires where oscilloscope is controlled.
TOP V PAN..Showing the linac room, this is where the drift tubes are fitted into position which causes the beam from the protom.
GV PAN..Along tubes that send the beam into the accelerator.
GV Magnet units in proton synchrotron.
GV Member of the research team Professor Bassi of Bologna working in the bubble chamber, this is where the protons pass through the tube at bottom of frame.
SCU Bubble chamber equipment.
SCU Professor Bassi at controls.
G TOP V..Model showing the Corn with both cyclotrons.
TOP SV..Showing the big cyclotron in a chamber under earth and armed cement.
GV PAN..Showing both cyclotrons.
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Background: At Meyrin near Geneva, scientists and technicians of 13 European countries belonging to the European Organisation for Nuclear Research are preparing the world's biggest "atom smasher" - a proton-synchrotron - for its first major trial operations at the end of the year.
Meyrin is the first European organisation devoted to cooperative research for the advancement of pure science. Its foundation stone laid mid-1955, Meyrin is now a vast complex of research, supply and administrative buildings flanking a vast saucer-shaped area protecting at its hub the atom smasher.
When all installations are completed, the Organisation will have spent about GBP40M. It has an international staff of 850.
The atom smasher will come into full operation in 1960. A smaller atom smasher has been operating for over a year at Meyrin. It is the third biggest in the world.
The big machine - of 25,000 million electron-volts - will open unknown vistas of research into the composition of matter by accelerating, around a huge coil, proton particles which in one second will cover the equivalent of the distance between the earth and the moon. Holding the particles in orbit will be 100 electro-magnets weighing 38 tons each.
The Soviet Union at present operates the biggest atom smasher - a machine of 10,000 million electron-volts and plans by 1970 to operate another with two and a half times the capacity of the Meyrin machine.