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Skolkovo’s Russo-British team to build next gen compact laser in Nizhny Novgorod

5 Feb '13
A powerful small-sized laser will be built at the Institute for Applied Physics in Nizhny Novgorod, in the mid-Volga area, as part of a Skolkovo-pushed integrated ionizing radiation source project, news agency RIA Novosti reports citing Andrei Seryi, the director of the UK’s John Adams Institute and one of the participants in the project.

“Basically, our objective is to make a laser with a one nanometer wavelength, enabling to examine a variety of nanodimensional structures. There are two such lasers in the world now. One is in the U.S.’ Stanford, and the other in Japan; they each cost about half a billion dollars and are two kilometers long each. Our system will be about five meters long,” the scientist explained.

In the spring of 2012 the Scientific Advisory Council of the Skolkovo Foundation recommended that Skolkovo, Russia’s largest innovation hub outside Moscow, financially support this advanced Russo-British project aimed at laser-plasma acceleration. Roscosmos, the main Russian space exploration program operator, is said to also be interested in the future results of the project, as the prospective accelerator may enable the firm to simulate the way cosmic rays impact electronic components of spacecraft.

Mr. Seryi as well as Prof. Simon Hooker of University of Oxford and his colleagues represent Great Britain in the project. Russia is represented by a group of researchers from Nizhny Novgorod’s Institute for Applied Physics; the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics in Novosibirsk, in Siberia; the United Institute of Nuclear Studies in Dubna outside Moscow; and from the United Institute of High Temperatures in Moscow.