Scientists here hope to crash sub-atomic particles, whirring around at the speed of light. By monitoring the debris of these tiny crashes, they will work out the relationship between matter and energy and possibly learn more about how matter came into existence.
In this largely European experiment, India has provided about 40 million dollars worth of resources, including all the arms the particle accelerator sits on.
Dr V C Sahni, Director, Raja Ramanna Centre For Advanced Technology, Indore, says: “It is one of the large magnets, 15 meters long whose magnetic field testing was done by the Indian team. The objects that are sitting here they are essentially built by the Electronics Corporation of India Limited.”
The entire Large Hadron Collider or LHC will be sitting on India made jacks, these objects weigh 32 tonnes and have to be located to the precision of a few tens of micron.
Indian scientists are highly regarded here, as are their contributions.
Prof Sukalyan Chattopadhyay, scientist, Saha Institute Of Nuclear Physics, adds: “This is an Indian detector as you see part of the di-muon spectrometer of Alice. It is fully made in India and on the detectors you see are the significant contributions from the Indian collaboration, which are these chips which are called MANAS chips and these chips are being utilized not only by the Indian scientists but also by scientists from France, Germany,Italy and Russia.”
To remind the world of India’s deep philosophical understanding of the universe, India donated CERN a giant bronze statue of Natraja — Shiva performing his dance of cosmic creation and destruction.
Indians have provided more than a 100-man years of contribution to this exercise, and fabricated and shipped precision equipment giving the Indian tricolour a new pride of place.
John Ellis, physicist, European Organisation For Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, says: “We are very happy with the Indian participation in the LHC project. Indian physicists and engineers have made important contribution to the accelerator making magnets and testing the magnets.