Pfeiffer Vacuum has received a major leak detector order from the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, better known as CERN.

Located in Geneva, on the Franco-Swiss border, CERN is the largest centre for particle physics research in the world.

Its main business is fundamental physics – finding out what the universe is made of and researching the basic constituents of matter.

The particle accelerator LHC (Large Hadron Collider) has a circumference of some 27 kilometres and collides proton or ion beams at nearly the speed of light.

The LHC is the largest vacuum installation on Earth with thousands of welds, flanges, feedthroughs and complex internal circuits.

For the accelerated particles to travel in beam lines, ultra-high vacuum (UHV) is essential.

To maintain such a very low pressure it is crucial to keep the leak rates as low as possible, hence CERN’s new order of technology from Pfeiffer Vacuum.

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Source: Pfeiffer Vacuum

Andreas Schopphoff, Head of R&D Market Segment at Pfeiffer Vacuum, said, “The cooperation between CERN and Pfeiffer Vacuum is based on many years of working together in a spirit of trust.

“We are very proud that our advanced leak detection technology has been chosen once again for its future projects.”

The leak detector ASM 340 is an easy to operate device that can detect leaks down to < 5 x 10-13 Pa m3/s.

With a built-in backing pump of 15 m3/h small as well as big volumes can be leak tested.

The patent pending functionality makes it possible to start at 100 hPa, which can be very convenient for such a big installation like the LHC, Pfeiffer Vacuum said.