IIT Madras is excited to announce that IIT Madras has recently been included to join the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiments of CERN (European Laboratory for Particle Physics). This will open up a tremendous opportunity for us not only in the area of Physics but also in a large number of related technologies which are initiated and applied at CERN.
CERN laboratory sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe's first joint ventures and now has 21 member states. India is an associate member of CERN.
CERN is well-known for the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012. The world-wide-web (www) was also invented at CERN. CERN is not only an international laboratory for fundamental research in experimental high energy physics but also provides a platform for innovation in technology through international collaboration. The two experiments that discovered Higgs boson are ATLAS (A Toroidal LHC Apparatus)and CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid).
India has been part of CMS experiment since it’s inception. A handfuls of Indian institutes are full members of the CMS experiment. BARC, TIFR, SINP, NISER, Delhi University and Punjab University. This year, IISER, Pune and IIT MADRAS have joined the CMS experiment as full members.
IIT Madras, the only IIT to be a full member of the CMS experiment, is now part of one of the biggest international collaboration involving more than 3000 scientists, engineers, and students from 172 institutes in 40 countries. Our students and research scholars will now get an opportunity to work at CERN. The data produced in this experiment is processed through grid computing centers located all over world. We expect to directly participate in research in fundamental Physics, related technologies and developments in grid computing.