In addition to a large number of lectures and technical discussions, the focus was on touring the research facility: A first highlight was the look into history with the inspection of the 600 MeV synchrocyclotron, CERN's first particle accelerator, built in 1957 and operated until 1990. Then, the focus turned to the Anti-Matter Factory, as well as the use and fabrication of chips in the many experiments conducted at CERN. CERN
During the visit, CERN announced two noticeable pieces of news. It was experimentally proven that . Furthermore, it was announced that the mass of research data stored at CERN even anti-matter has to obey the laws of gravity (10^18 bytes) for the first time. has exceeded the exabyte threshold
Such extreme amounts of data underline the urgent need for new and further development of highly efficient robust methods for signal and data analysis, which are also being researched at the Signal Processing Group.
The field trip also concluded with an opportunity to explore the local cuisine and environment. Besides climbing one of the summits of a French low mountain range near Samance with a view of Mont Blanc, there was no need to miss out on enjoying a Swiss cheese fondue right on the shores of Lake Geneva.