Congratulations AdA! The father of all accelerators is part of history
The first particle accelerator in the world, Anello di Accumulazione (AdA), the storage ring built over half a century ago at the Frascati National Laboratories of the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), was included among the historical sites of the European Physical Society (EPS). A prestigious award for an Italian milestone of the scientific history, the progenitor of an entire generation of particle accelerators.
AdA was born in 1961 in Frascati when a group of researchers led by Austrian physicist Bruno Touschek built the first circular ring accelerating particle beams and causing their collision. This principle was similar to the functioning of the current Large Hadron Collider (LHC) developed by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, which led to the discovery of Higgs Boson last year.
Besides being a crucial step in the study of the “infinitely small”, AdA construction spurred the production of new particle accelerators that are still today an important tool for research and innovation in physics, medicine and industry. AdA celebration took place at the Frascati National Laboratories at the presence of representatives of the National Institute for Nuclear Physics and of the European Physical Society.