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Power Galore: New Collider to Make Russia Leader in High Energy Physics

© Sputnik / Alexandr Kryazhev / Go to the mediabankExperimental production at Institute of Nuclear Physics in Novosibirsk
Experimental production at Institute of Nuclear Physics in Novosibirsk - Sputnik International
Nuclotron-based Ion Collider Faсility (NICA) - a new accelerator complex designed at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna - will put Russia at the forefront of the global quest for new sources of high energy.

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In an interview with Rossiya-24 TV, Vladimir Kekelidze, the head of the Laboratory of High Energy Physics in Dubna, said that the NICA collider will be able to recreate a special state of matter in which our Universe stayed shortly after the Big Bang — the Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP).

“We are venturing into a whole new field of science. This is more than just building a collider – it is a new era in the development of high energy physics here in Russia,” he said.

The $545 million NICA project is going to be an international  project where scientists from 24 countries will be working together to create new materials and devise advanced methods of cluster therapy, radiobiology, electronics, space research, of reprocessing nuclear waste and creating safe sources of energy.

The initial launch of the NICA collider is slated for 2019 and full-capacity operation is scheduled to start in 2023.

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