Nuclear Physics and Experimental Physics Collection, NP-EP: sub-fonds level description
Level of description
Extent of the unit of description
7 linear metres
Name of creator
Geneva. CERN. NP and EP divisions
The NP Division was created in 1961 to carry out CERN's experimental program (except track chamber experiments) for the Synchro-Cyclotron (SC) and Proton-Synchrotron (PS) accelerators. In the same year the program of electronic experiments, emulsions experiments and nuclear chemistry began on both accelerators. In 1967 it also began experiments on the Intersecting Storage Rings (ISR) facility, and was responsible for experiments on other new facilities at CERN when they became available.
In 1966 the Physics I Department was created and NP Division was a part of this until the Department was discontinued in 1976.
In 1976 the NP Division was discontinued. Most of its work was continued by the Experimental Physics Division (EP), which was created in the same year. However, some NP staff and functions, along with parts of the former Track Chambers Division (TC), went to form the new Experimental Physics Facilities Division (EF) which was also formed in 1976.
In 1990 a part of EP and EF Divisions merged to form Particle Physics Experiments Division (PPE).
In 1998 PPE Division and a part of Electronics and Computing for Physics (ECP) Division merged to form again the Experimental Physics Division (EP).
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Scope and content
The Nuclear Physics and Experimental Physics collection contains various scientific and administrative papers about NP and EP divisions.
These CERN Divisions were responsible for carrying out basic research in the field of particle physics, as well as R&D programmes in the general domains of detector, electronics and experiment related computing technologies. They provided technical, logistics and administrative support for experimental teams performing experiments at all CERN accelerator facilities.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information
Nothing was destroyed.
No further accruals are expected.
System of arrangement
The original order of the documents was preserved. The files are sorted into the following categories:
CERN-ARCH-NP-EP-1-001 to 012 Administration and general, from 1955 to 1989 CERN-ARCH-NP-EP-2-001 to 003 CERN users, from 1963 to 1986 CERN-ARCH-NP-EP-3-001 to 005 Physics, from 1961 to 1985 CERN-ARCH-NP-EP-4-001 Construction EP, from 1974 to 1979 CERN-ARCH-NP-EP-5-001 NP/EP Coordination Committee, from 1975 to 1981 CERN-ARCH-NP-EP-6-001 to 004 Electronics, from 1957 to 1976 CERN-ARCH-NP-EP-7-001 to 002 Exhibitions and symposia, from 1977 to 1988 CERN-ARCH-NP-EP-8-001 Experiments Committees, from 1969 to 1985 CERN-ARCH-NP-EP-9-001 to 004 Experiments, from 1969 to 1983 CERN-ARCH-NP-EP-10-001 to 003 Computing, from 1963 to 1984 CERN-ARCH-NP-EP-11 Emulsions, from 1974 to 1976
Conditions governing access
See file level description and the CERN operational circular No 3: rules applicable to archival material and archiving at CERN.
Conditions governing reproduction
Copyright is retained by CERN, no reproduction without permission.
Language / scripts of material
Most of the material is written in English and French.
Listed to file level in the CERN Archive database.
Description prepared by Maywenn Haldimann
Date(s) of description: Geneva, the 26 November 2001, Revised 2007.