Supercomputers and super-work

Belarusian scientist expands participation in Large Hadron Collider experiments

By Olga Bestuzheva

Domestic physicists have received a new order to develop electronic elements for the Large Hadron Collider, used to ‘read’ signals from its muon chambers (high-precision devices, registering high-energy particles). Development has begun, with our Belarusian scientists joining in analysing collected data from the gigantic particle accelerator, using domestic supercomputers. Our physicists expect further orders relating to the project.

The Director of the Belarusian State University’s National Centre for Particle and High Energy Physics, Nikolay Shumeiko, notes that Belarus’ contribution to the Large Hadron Collider is highly appreciated abroad. Our BSU specialists are continuing to work within the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), which is located on the border of Switzerland and France. “Research continues and we’d like to do much more in Belarus. As the application of wide communication channels remains expensive — despite some fall in costs — we’re primarily working abroad, via other missions,” notes Mr. Shumeiko.

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