Indore: Country’s pride RRCAT turns 34 on Monday

Indore: Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), which played an important role in discovery of God Particle, will be celebrating its 34th foundation day on February 20.

The function is organised annually to mark the day when foundation stone for the centre was laid by then President Gyani Zail Singh on February 19, 1984.

This year, AS Kiran Kumar, secretary, Department of Space, chairman, Space Commission, and chairman, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will be the chief guest of this function. The function is also used to take stock of the progress made by the Centre in the previous year.

Today, this Centre has grown into a premier laboratory for accelerators, lasers and related technologies in the country. Various R&D programmes being pursued in these areas have been recognized internationally.

The Centre is home to the country’s two synchrotron radiation sources Indus-1 and Indus-2. Synchrotrons are modern day “light sources” which give radiation covering the entire range from x-rays to far infrared and are a bonanza for researchers and also for industrial application. Indus-2 accelerator set up at RRCAT is the largest accelerator built in the country. Indus-2 has also been upgraded with three insertion devices to enhance the radiation spectrum and intensity. With this, India has joined an elite group of a dozen or so countries in the world who have constructed such accelerators and Synchrotron Radiation Sources.

On the international scene, the centre’s contributions to the world’s largest accelerator LHC at CERN, Geneva and the progress made towards development of superconducting cavities in collaboration programmes with Fermi Lab, USA, and others have drawn much acclaim. The Centre has made benchmark achievements in developing advanced technologies.

RRCAT has also made pioneering contributions towards refurbishing nuclear power reactors through its indigenously developed laser-based technologies. The Centre has also developed laser-based technologies for bio-medical imaging, diagnosis and therapeutic applications including portable diagnostic system for scanning of oral cancer, and tuberculosis.

It has also carried out novel experiments to accelerate charged particles through use of laser. About 130 students from various universities in India carry out their MTech / MSc projects at RRCAT every year, in addition to about 45 external students working for their PhD degree.

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