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19 September 2010
DURGAPUR, 19 SEPT: The accelerators of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the largest scientific device on earth planted 100 metres below the surface at CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research), has now started operating properly, said Dr Paolo Giubellino, head spokesperson of Alice experiment, at CERN Geneva, while visiting Durgapur on Saturday.
Dr Giubellino, along with Dr John Van Wyhe, director of Wallace Darwin Online, attended the sixth convocation of the National Institute of Technology in Durgapur yesterday. Nearly a year after it blew up following a failure caused by serious fault between two super conducting bending magnets on 19 September 2009, the scientists at CERN are now close to turning on the particle accelerator in the quest of hunting for Higgs Boson, Dr Giubellino told The Statesman.
“The further step to see the impact of collision of two nuclei within next seven weeks will enrich us in knowing what exactly had happened during the first 11 micro seconds of the Big Bang when this universe was created. The nuclei collision will regenerate the atmosphere lending in sequence the higher energy ingredients carried by the cosmic rays. Also it would enlighten on the super phenomenon that helped creating the mass,” he said. CERN, now optimistic about its succeeding lap of nuclei collision, would also unveil its further experiments with the LHC-B. Dr Giubellino told The Statesman: “Already it has unveiled ‘Z’ Boson particles. This boson is one of the best understood of all particle species. It shows us how the forces of electricity, magnetism and radiation are connected inside the Standard Model, our theory of particle physics.” Dr Van Wyhe described how Charles Darwin was moved by the geo-physical circumstances about 150 years ago to unearth the mysteries behind origin of species. “Evolution doesn’t give any future direction. We can only look back and even Charles Darwin couldn’t lend any tip-off, what next? Or whether some other species would replace human beings, we have no specific idea about it. However, certain physical changes like environmental discrimination over pigmentation on human skin has forced us to consider that slight physical changes are being reflected on people residing in different locations and that’s due to cosmic rays or are due to global warming,” Dr Van Wyhe told The Statesman.
NIT ties up with CERN
DURGAPUR, 19 SEPT: The National Institute of Technology (NIT), a deemed tech-varsity here, is having a “win win” relation with CERN, Geneva. In the past three years, four top scientists heading the world’s largest experiment with the largest device on earth, the Large Hadron Collider, have visited the NIT. The NIT started a collaborative programme with CERN, Geneva, including research, student’s internship and joint M Tech programme. “This year our Computer Science Engineering faculty, Miss Tandra Pal, has led a group of four under-graduate students and one post-graduate student to CERN. The CERN scientists have been extending all cooperation to enrich our students,” said Dr Swapan Bhattacharya, director, NIT. Last year two NIT faculties and four UG students were taken to CERN. sns