RAJA RAMANNA Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT) will observe its foundation day on February 19. Prof P Balaram, recipient of Padma Shri, and Director of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, will be the chief guest at the function.
Prof Balaram has carried out pioneering work in bio-organic chemistry and molecular biophysics, a press release issued here said.
Since its inception in 1984, RRCAT has grown into a premier laboratory for accelerators, lasers and related technologies in the country and its research and development programmes have received worldwide acclaim.
With setting up of Indus-2, a 2.5 GeV synchrotron radiation source at the Centre last year, India has joined an elite group of a dozen countries that have constructed sophisticated machines. Synchrotrons are modern-day light sources, which give radiation covering the entire range from x-rays to infrared and are a bonanza for researchers and for industrial application.
The Centre has also made pioneering contribution towards refurbishing nuclear power reactor through its indigenously developed laser-based technology, which was successfully demonstrated at Narora Atomic Power Station in May 2006.
RRCAT has also developed laser-based technologies for biomedical applications.