Cochin University of Science and Technology(CUSAT) is one of the Institution Collaborating on R&D for Accelerator Physics and High Energy Physics Project under the Memorandum of Understanding between US Universities & Accelerator Laboratories and Indian Universities & Accelerator Laboratories. As a part of this program the DST, Government of India has sanctioned a project entitled “Collaboration by Indian Physicists on Neutrino Project at Fermilab, USA” to collaborate on various Neutrino Physics related experiments at Fermilab. Prof. Brajesh Choudhary, Delhi University is the Spokesperson for this project and the other seven participating Institutions from India are the following:
• Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
• University of Delhi, Delhi
• University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
• University of Jammu, Jammu Tawi
• Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, Assam
• Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, Andra Pradesh
• Panjab University, Chandigarh
Under this collaboration program research scholars and faculties from Cochin University of Science and Technology can participate in various collaboration experiments related to Fermilab neutrino program. The financial support for this program is provided by DST, Government of India and Fermilab.
CUSAT-Fermilab collaboration has been initiated with the support and help from late Dr. Rajendran Raja, Senior Scientist at Femilab. As of now the students from CUSAT are now actively engaged in their research investigations with Fermilab Scientists: Dr. Robert K Plunkett, Dr. Alexander Himmel, Dr. Alexandre Sousa, Dr.Louise Suter and Dr. Adam Aurisano.
One of the PhD student from CUSAT, who collaborated with MINOS at Fermilab, has submitted his PhD thesis very recently and two more students are now stationed at Fermilab for participating in NOvA collaboration experiments as their PhD thesis topic.
The collaboration between Indian Institutions with Fermilab is expected to advance the physics reach of these experiments and also give an opportunity for Indian students to participate in detector design and technology development and train the qualified human resources .
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better" Albert Einstein
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“Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine - it is stranger than we can imagine.” Arthur Stanley Eddington
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