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21 Jun 2017

Belarusian scientists design electronics, mechanical parts for NICA collider

MINSK, 21 June (BelTA) – Belarusian scientists have developed electronics and mechanical parts for the future particle collider NICA (Nuclotron-based Ion Collider faсility), the press service of the State Science and Technology Committee of Belarus told BelTA.

According to the source, the Nuclear Research Institute of the Belarusian State University and the international organization Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) were busy fulfilling 28 contracts in 2016. As many as 26 contracts with Belarusian subcontractors were signed as a result. The bulk of the work worth over $1.5 million was focused on the development of electronics, mechanical parts, and components of the magnetic system for the NICA collider, which is being built in the Russian city of Dubna.

In 2016 more than 200 researchers and engineers from 18 organizations of the Education Ministry, the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, and the Emergencies Ministry contributed to the fulfillment of 23 research projects of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research. Of them four projects were fulfilled together with the European organization for nuclear research CERN. The work on most of the research projects resulted in significant R&D accomplishments, BelTA has been told.

A session of the council for coordinating cooperation with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research is supposed to take place in April-May 2018. The Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) is an international intergovernmental science and research organization, which has been established to pool efforts, scientific and financial potential of the member states for the sake of studying fundamental qualities of matter. Eighteen countries are JINR member states: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Korea, Cuba, Moldova, Mongolia, Poland, Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, and Czechia.

The particle collider NICA is designed to enable the collision of particles using forces naturally occurring only inside neutron stars. These forces have not been achieved in lab conditions so far. NICA is being built bearing future applications in mind. Scientists expect to use this piece of equipment to understand how protons and neutrons came to be in the first few moments after the Big Bang. The particle collider will also help learn more about the behavior of matter subjected to superhigh energy.

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