India will be a partner in increasing facilities in Britain's premier Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

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Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister for Science and Technology visited theRutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL),a premier institution in the United Kingdom on 28 April 2023.

An Overview of the News

  • Dr Jitendra Singh is leading a high level official Indian delegation from the Ministry of Science and Technology on a 6-day visit to the United Kingdom.

  • During this Dr Singh met researchers including those working on the UK-India ISIS project.

  • The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) is one of the national scientific research laboratories operated by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) in the UK.

  • In addition to the indigenous (hosting) facilities for the United Kingdom (UK), RAL also operates departments to co-ordinate the UK program of participation at major international facilities.

  • The biggest of these are particle physics and space science.

  • Minister said under mega facilities for basic research, Indian researchers are collaborating with international institutes like CERN (CERN – Geneva), FAIR (FAIR – Germany), TMT (USA), Fermilab (USA) and LIGO (USA) .

  • The ISIS Accelerator at RAL is one of the few major research centers undertaking neutron scattering studies in materials research.

  • Its Phase II (2023-28) proposal is under consideration which has 5 components,

Advanced Gravitational-wave Detector in Maharashtra:

  • In another breakthrough in the field of science and innovation, the LIGO-India project has been approved in Maharashtra to build an advanced gravitational-wave detector.

  • The construction of the facility is expected to be completed by 2030 at an estimated cost of Rs 2,600 crore.

  • The observatory will be the third of its kind, built to the exact specifications of the Twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatories (LIGO) to operate in conjunction with those in Louisiana and Washington.

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