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Accolade for BARC over 'God particle' discovery

MUMBAI: Barc has played a key role in the discovery of Higgs Boson, also referred to as God’s particle, which was announced on July 4, 2012.

Addressing a team at BARC on Tuesday to mark the 103rd birth anniversary of Homi Bhabha, centre director, Sekhar Basu, said “BARC scientists have been named in the first paper published on the discovery of Higgs Boson”. The paper was published in an internationally-known journal called ‘Phyics Letters B’ on August 18. Its editorial board has a global representation.

Basu further stated that the Barc team in association with BEL (Bharat Electronics Limited) has supplied 100 silicon sensors to the Large Hadron Collider project which discovered the Higgs Boson.

The sensational discovery of Higgs Boson is expected to provide a deeper understanding of the universe.

Atomic energy commission chairman, R.K.Sinha, said that the first unit of the 1000 mw

Russian-aided Kudunkulam atomic power station in Tamilnadu is expected to commence operations shortly, and the second unit early next year.

He told the large gathering of scientists that light water reactors with international co-operation, each of 1000 mw or more, have been planned at Kudunkulam, Jaitapur in Maharashtra, Kovvada in Andhra Pradesh and Mithi Virdi in Gujarat.

Sinha said that nuclear power generation is increasing following the improvement in uranium supply from domestic as well as international sources. In 2011-12 it registered an increase of about 23 per cent over that generated in 2010-11.