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Belarus teams up with Russia, USA to invent new nuclear fuel

Society 26.04.2017 | 16:47

MINSK, 26 April (BelTA) – Belarus is working on a new nuclear fuel together with Russia and the USA, BelTA learned from Sergei Kilin, Deputy Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, before the opening ceremony of the international symposium on integrating Belarusian scientists into research programs of the world's leading nuclear physics centers.

The official said: “Belarusian scientists are taking part in several international projects. The symposium has been arranged to coordinate work on them. One of the projects envisages the creation of new nuclear fuel. The energy and nuclear research institute Sosny of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus is working on it together with Russian and American research centers.”

Belarusian scientists are also taking part in the particle collider project NICA. Once the collider goes online, scientists will be able to recreate quark-gluon plasma — a special state of matter that existed right after the Big Bang. “These processes have not been researched using particle accelerators until now, this is why the project is getting universal attention. It is being implemented by the nuclear research institute in Dubna, Russia. More than 20 countries have joined in the project, including Belarus,” noted the official.

Apart from that, the Physics Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus is part of the international collaboration scheme COMET. The COMET project is a most complicated, extremely precise experiment designed to find phenomena that lie outside the standard model by detecting coherent zero-neutrino transition of mu-mesons into electrons with a record high degree of precision. The experiment will be performed using one of the world's largest accelerators J-PARC in Japan.

The international symposium on integrating Belarusian scientists into research programs of the world's leading nuclear physics centers is scheduled to take place in Minsk on 26-28 April. Expanding the participation of Belarusian scientists in international nuclear physics projects is one of the tasks the symposium is supposed to accomplish.

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