The complex of buildings high-flux research reactor PIK
About the Russian science and its role in the world on April 17 discussed scientific minds in Moscow. Today, it is quite noticeable contribution — to take at least Hadron Collider in Switzerland, breakthrough laser research in Germany. But proposals for cooperation, Russian scientists claim they have a lot more. And not only to foreign investors.
Do not believe it when they say that the Russian science has lagged behind the rest of the world, says the director of the Kurchatov Institute. And then, at that moment, surrounded by Mikhail Kovalchuk international counterparts — the best proof of that. International cooperation in the language of scholars called Megascience. The most successful example — the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland. 27-km ring for particle acceleration, thousands of scientists (among them 800 — Russian), and attempt to return to the 14 billion years ago to prove the theory of the Big Bang. But the presence of experts from Russia — not the only contribution to this project. A large ring is composed almost entirely of magnets with the stigma of "made in russia".
Without the Russian scientific thought would not have been and the German project "XFEL". Free electron laser helps scientists to see chemical reactions at high speeds, or, for example, cells of patients infect healthy cells. Yet Russia is involved in the project tamer ions in Germany, a fusion reactor in France, supports research in the United States and Japan. But experts believe the time has come to return Megascience and in Russia itself.
Projects worthy of participation of international finance and ideas drawn from the 46 proposals. The Expert Council chose six. Half of them are interested in foreigners. That is, PIK research reactor, eg. Developed at the Kurchatov Institute, launched in St. Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics. It is needed and scientists, and biologists and technicians. In fact, the PIC is supermikroskop that can see what the division of motor oil in the engine, or if there is a picture of the great artist’s other works of art. PIK launched by the fact that Germany has invested in his equipment for 28 million euros. Italian investments have become part of the construction project fusion reactor "Ignitor". Financial interest in the Russian project the NICA show in South Africa and the CIS.
Of course, money is not everything. Russia itself has a lot invested in the development of its own science. It is time to mind. With it, I’m sure Mikhail Kovalchuk, will help research institute named Yofe. The other day, Kurchatov Institute signed a plan to create it with the German partners.