On December 17, a historical event – a meeting of the heads of governmental departments of Russia and China to sign a protocol between the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, on the prospects of cooperation in the framework of the complex for superconducting rings with colliding beams of heavy ions - mega-Science project NICA.
"This happens once in 50 years, we have rapidly and boldly gone to the next level, it will change the face of the Institute." Academician Yuri Oganisyan said these words about the mega-project NICA at the Council meeting on Heavy Ion Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Superconducting magnets for NICA and FAIR
NICA project: scientific and construction goals. PAC for particle physics. JINR, Dubna, 2015
"NICA is the future, not only of our Laboratory, but also of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research," said Vladimir Kekelidze, director of the Laboratory of High Energy Physics, "and everything related to this mega-project is in the spotlight of the Program Advisory Committee for Particle Physics". At the 42nd session of this committee, there was a discussion of the progress of the implementation of three related projects: "Nuclotron - NICA", MPD and BM@N (baryon matter at the Nuclotron).
Soil testing by piles at the site of the collider NICA LFEP JINR, 2015
The first step towards the construction of the NICA collider complex has been made. On New Year's Eve, wells were drilled in a prepared area at the Laboratory of High Energy Physics. From the depth of 50 meters to the surface the ground rose. In accordance with the technical task of the company “STRABAG” - the general contractor for the construction of the collider, the control wells were designated in those places where the MPD and SPD detectors will be located.