India has decided to set up a Neutrino project for experiments in particle physics on the lines of the Geneva-based CERN, which shot to limelight two years ago with the reported discovery of God Particle or Higgs Boson.
The Cabinet Committee on Security has cleared the project that will be set up at Pottipuram in Tamil Nadu with an investment of Rs. 1,500 crore.
Speaking at the 102nd Science Congress, Naba K Mandal, Project Director of the India-based Neutrino Observatory and Inter Institutional Centre for High Energy Physics, told the media that the project would be set up underground.
“We have to put the detector underground…deep underground, where other particles get absorbed and we can measure the Neutrino,” Mandal said. “Now with the formal approval for the project, we really want to open the space for the international community to come and participate in the experiments or even propose new experiments.”
The project being funded by the Department of Science and Technology and Atomic Energy, with the help of the Tamil Nadu government.
The underground project, will have two caverns — the main cavern that will house the current detector will be 130 metres long, 26 metres wide and 30 metres high and two smaller caverns for setting up experiments for neutrino double detector and dark matters, Mondal said.
The complex will be approachable only after 2-km long tunnel and another Inter Institutional Centre for High Energy Physics will be set up 110 km away from the observatory in Madurai.
The complex and the centre will be improved to become an international hub fro high-end research in particle physics, anti-matter or dark matter, besides pursuing the Higgs Boson research. Mondal also said current India’s participation in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project of CERN will continue.