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    • Russian Collider: Preparing for the 'Big Bang' in Dubna
    • Russian Collider: Preparing for the 'Big Bang' in Dubna
    • Russian Collider: Preparing for the 'Big Bang' in Dubna
    • Russian Collider: Preparing for the 'Big Bang' in Dubna
    • Russian Collider: Preparing for the 'Big Bang' in Dubna
    • Russian Collider: Preparing for the 'Big Bang' in Dubna
    • Russian Collider: Preparing for the 'Big Bang' in Dubna
    • Russian Collider: Preparing for the 'Big Bang' in Dubna
    • Russian Collider: Preparing for the 'Big Bang' in Dubna
    • Russian Collider: Preparing for the 'Big Bang' in Dubna
    NICA is a center that facilitates the study of the properties of matter that shape our universe.

    Above: Layout of NICA elements.

    The construction of a unique collider complex, known as the Nuclotron-Based Ion Collider Facility (NICA), has been underway in Dubna, 125 kilometers north of Moscow, since 2013. Once completed, it could change our understanding of the so-called Big Bang or how the universe came into being.

    The system is will be launched in 2020, although some of its elements are already operational and can be used for experiments. This photo gallery was prepared in cooperation with the National Research Nuclear University to offer a glimpse of how NICA could benefit the global research community.

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