Archives of Helmut (Karl) Reich (b. 1923)

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Archives of Helmut (Karl) Reich (b. 1923)


June 1955 – December 1981

Level of description


Extent of the unit of description

20 boxes; 20 Items; 2 linear metres

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Name of creator

Helmut Reich

Biographical history

Helmut (Karl) Reich joined the CERN Proton Synchrotron (PS) Magnet group, as a physicist-engineer in 1955.

In 1964 a major PS upgrade was initiated, and Reich was responsible for studies into the best way to increase the injection energy.

In 1967 the project to construct a fast-cycling 800 MeV four-ring booster (PSB) was submitted to the Scientific Policy Committee (CERN-SPC-249; MSC-Internal Report-67-8) and accepted.

In 1968 Reich was appointed deputy of a new SI (Synchrotron Injector) division. In 1972 the Booster accelerated its first particles to 800 MeV before injection into the PS accelerator. 

In 1973, the SI Division was integrated into the MPS Division and became the Booster Group (BR), with Reich as its leader.

In 1983 Reich took early retirement to dedicate himself to research and teaching in psychology at the University of Fribourg.

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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Helmut Reich, 1985

Content & Structure [Top]

Scope and content

The collection includes reports, notes and proposals on

  • PS Administration,
  • CERN Proton Synchrotron Programme (CPS-EXP),
  • Nuclear Physics Research Committee (NPRC),
  • Neutrino experiment: shielding, physics and results,
  • Experimental equipment: spark chambers and counters, separators,
  • Counter experimental results,
  • Particle production,
  • Documents of early days of PS division and bubble chambers,
  • Documents on improvement programme of Synchro-Cyclotron and Betatron accelerators (University of Illinois)

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

The following documents were destroyed: Copies of CERN Yellow reports and reports from other institutes: Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Berkley, Los Alamos, Princeton, Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA), the Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics (ITEP-Dubna), Institute of Nuclear Physics in Novosibirsk and Institute for High Energy Physics (IHEP-Serpukov).


No further accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

The original order has been preserved

Conditions of access and use [Top]

Conditions governing access

See file level description and the CERN operational circular No 3: rules applicable to archival material and archiving at CERN. In general, records on any subject that are over 30 years old, and all records of a purely scientific nature, may be consulted.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright is retained by CERN, no reproduction without permission.

Language / scripts of material

Most of the material is written in English.

Finding aids

Listed to file level in the CERN Archives Database.

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Archivist's note

Description prepared by Sandrine Reyes.

Date(s) of description

Geneva, the 1st June 2013.