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“Joint Institute for Nuclear Research – Day in France”: CNRS-JINR workshop and signature of agreements

26 February 2018

Created in 1956 and recognized as an international organization in 1957, the JINR focuses on nuclear, hadron and particles physics as well as the development of their associated technologies and applications.

The JINR, which gathers 18 member-States (including 6 from the EU) and 6 associated States (including 3 from the EU), has established itself on the international scene thanks to its implication on the discovery of the new elements with heaviest atomic nucleuses. Besides, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) even underlined its key role by naming the atomic number 105 “Dubnium” after Dubna, the city hosting the JINR.

With research infrastructures such as the Nuclotron-based Ion Collider Facility (NICA), the neutrino observatory at the Baikal lake or the research reactor IBR-2 which produces clusters of pulsed neutrons, the JINR runs leading scientific projects in the field of nuclear physics.

After Frédéric Joliot’s visit in Dubna in 1956 and collaboration with teams from Orsay, Strasbourg, Grenoble and Marseille, the IN2P3 soon after signed its 1st cooperation agreement with the JINR for research focusing, among others, on experimental and theoretical physics of high energies. This collaboration was renewed in 1992 and strengthened in 2004 by a Letter of Intent asserting JINR’s participation to the National Large Heavy Ion Accelerator (GANIL Spiral 2), the contribution of IN2P3 to the research program on super heavy elements and the JINR association to the Modane underground laboratory (which led to the international associated laboratory JoULE) dedicated to research in the fields of neutrino properties, dark matter and super heavy elements.

During these 45 years of cooperation, the CNRS and the JINR have played a very pro-active role in the field of nuclear research, particularly in the fields of the production of super heavy elements, the development, in our laboratories, of new production techniques of exotic nucleus from stellar processes and the discovery of unexpected phenomena during the study of their properties.

In 2015, this cooperation was marked by a 1st Prize awarded by JINR, rewarding IN2P3 scientists for their work on the divider for the spectroscopy of heavy elements, and a 2nd Prize for the development of intense clusters of Titanium 50.

During the CNRS-JINR workshop on February 15th , the two partners asserted their 1992 cooperation agreement and renewed the conventions related to the LIA JoULE and to the International Research Network “European ultra-relativistic energies agreement” (IRN EUREA) on heavy ions with ultra relativistic energies.

The French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI) also signed a Letter of Intent with the JINR in order to give to France the position of JINR associated country.

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