St. Petersburg State University (SPbSU), European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland, and international scientific collaboration NA61 (SHINE) have signed a five-year agreement on cooperation, RusNanoNet reports.
SPbSU has been actively participating in CERN’s international scientific progams since 1992. SPbSU’s physics scientists have contributed into development of unique detecting systems of two experimental machines. The university also participated in ALICE experiment for finding an ultra-dense and ultra-hot orginal material (quark-gluon plazma), that existed in the first seconds after the Big bang. In addition, SPbSU was involved in analysis of conditions of formation of quark-gluon plasma in collisions of ultra-realtive nuclea, reseach of quarks confinement and search of the so-called “nuclear matter critical point” in the NA61 (SHINE) experiment.
SPbSU is the only Russian university officially participating in the international collaboration of NA61 (SHINE) experiment that has started systematic search of nuclear matter critical point on SPS accelerator in CERN.
Participation in the project, including experimental research, processing of huge masses of data, and theoretical analysis of results will enable the university to stay on the front of base scientific programs on research of experimental conditions of nuclear matter. The signed agreement provides for participation of a large number of scientists, undergrad and postgrad students in the research.