Russia may build its own particle collider

Updated on Sep 12, 2008 01:11 PM IST

Russia is looking into the possibility of building its own particle collider for research and other projects, says a scientist.

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Russia is looking into the possibility of building its own particle collider for research and other projects, a Russian scientist has said.

Viktor Matveev said on Thursday that scientists around the world are currently considering a proposal by their Russian colleagues to build a new collider.

The idea was put forward by scientists from the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, who suggested that a new device be built in the Moscow region.

Matveev's statement came a day after scientists successfully switched on the world's largest particle collider called Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland in a bid to recreate the Big Bang scenario for answering some unresolved questions of particle physics.

Matveev said the idea for the collider "came from Russia" and that the world's first collider had been built by scientists in the West Siberian city of Novosibirsk.

The international LHC project has involved more than 2,000 physicists from hundreds of universities and laboratories in 34 countries since 1984. Over 700 Russian physicists from 12 research institutes have taken part.

The LHC is based 100 meters below ground, with a circumference of 27 km, and is operated from the control room of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN.

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