The government has provided funds to the scientists from the State Scientific Institution "Institute for Single Crystals" of National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of Ukraine to research inorganic scintillators for the next generation of detectors. They will be capable to operate in the intense radiation fields in the upgraded High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.

Volodymyr Seminozhenko, Chairman of the State Agency for Science, Innovation and Informatization has reported that the government had provided 280,000 UAH for the project. In addition, the Cabinet of Ministers shall provide the necessary logistical support."The signing of the agreement with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) on associated membership of Ukraine brought this cooperation to a new level, which is a very strong incentive for our scientists," Seminozhenko said. 

He recalled that in early October 2013, scientists Peter Higgs and Francois Engler received the Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of the Higgs boson, or "God particle," which allowed scientists to understand how the mass of the particles was formed. This process involved Ukrainian scholars, as the key element of the Large Hadron Collider - a special detector - has been successfully designed and developed based on a unique scintillator, discovered by scientists of the State Scientific Institution "Institute for Single Crystals", which allows to register high-energy particles and, in fact, the Higgs boson.

"Ukrainian scientists who actively collaborate with CERN, have enough experience to carry out further tests on the Large Hadron Collider, to achieve ever greater success and global recognition," Seminozhenko said. 
Experts of State Agency for Science point out that CERN is the leading intergovernmental organization studying the physics of high technology. To date, over forty Ukrainian scientists are involved in general studies, and this cooperation is very effective.

In fact, Ukraine and CERN has cooperated for over 20 years. However, all these years, the joint work was carried out without Ukraine’s membership or any other legal status in the organization. Only in March 2012, pursuant to order of the government dated Feb. 21, 2011, the General Declaration of the Cabinet and CERN on scientific and technical cooperation was signed, which set out the intention of the Government of Ukraine to join the organization as an associate member.

Ukraine submitted its formal application for an associate membership of CERN in late 2011. On Oct. 3, 2013 the parties signed an agreement to provide Ukraine the status of an associate member, which gave Ukraine an opportunity to be involved in the meetings of the CERN Council with the right to a partial decision-making in the field of science policy.

According to experts of State Agency for Science, the signing of the agreement has strengthened the long-term partnership and will help consolidate efforts for further expansion of the European Research Area and implementation of the European strategy for particle physics research.


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