Experiencing life at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research
Tom Furness with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)

CPT Research Assistant Tom Furness with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on his 18-month sabbatical at CERN in Switzerland


CPT has been awarded a £600,000 research grant to design and build the new prototype collimator for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the sabbatical was key to understanding the design practices at CERN and the environment in which the prototype will be going in to, as well as learning about Engineering for Particle Physics.

Through the knowledge gained by Tom, a new prototype design has been agreed and as a result of the materials testing experiments, the Huddersfield team are confident that their design will work and survive the harsh environment.

Another key outcome of Tom’s time at CERN is the development of close personal relationships which make collaborating so much easier and will continue long after the end of the project.

Tom’s key highlights:

  • Being in the control room at CERN in the middle of the night doing experiments – a real surreal moment.
  • Being able to go skiing on a Monday and then be back at work on a Tuesday.
  • Having the opportunity to see massive experiments that you only ever see on TV.

To read more about the University’s project with CERN, read the news story on the University’s news page.