MCNS unveils India’s first home grown Table Top Accelerator

In what could be termed as the first in the country, an indigenously designed and fabricated Table Top Accelerator (TTA) delivered the first beam on target at the Manipal Centre for Natural Sciences (MCNS), a constituent of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) in Manipal, Karnataka recently. According to The Hindu report, Designed by Inter-University Accelerator Centre (IUAC) New Delhi, this is the first university-based TTA to become functional in the country.

The project got underway by the Nuclear Physics Group at MCNS in technical cooperation with IUAC, noted the report. Faculty member Prasanta Kumar Rath led the Manipal team and Design Engineer Pratyusha Dittakavi assisted him along with Safvan and Rajkumar of IUAC New Delhi.

Nuclear Physics Group

The Nuclear Physics group currently specializes in heavy element synthesis and neutron physics. H Vinod Bhat , Vice Chancellor, MAHE, while welcoming the development said, “With this addition to our experimental facilities at MCNS, we look forward to expanding our work in the field of accelerator science as well as using this as a tool for exploring new directions in Research and Development across a range of fields. We would like to build on these skills, and expect an upgraded and revised version of this accelerator will be available at Manipal for researchers.”

Versatile Tool

Mohini Gupta, Director, MCNS, thanked Kanjilal, Director, IUAC, for technical co-operation, was quoted as saying by the report that the machine provided a good introduction to accelerators and associated instrumentation for students who would now have access to a unique and versatile tool for scientific study.

The Manipal Centre for Natural Sciences (MCNS) was established in 2011 under the Manipal Research Group (MARG). The primary aim was to nurture fundamental research in the Natural Sciences and grow into a hub of excellence within Manipal Academy of Higher Education. In 2012, the fledgling MCNS came into its own as a Centre of Excellence under Manipal Academy of Higher Education. It is one of the first dedicated “all-research” Centres to be started within a University. From its inception, a unique and vibrant academic program has been initiated and integrated with existing research at partner institutions in India and abroad. Building on its core strength in physics, MCNS has been expanding to other disciplines including pure mathematics, as part of an ambitious mandate.

Accreditations and Affiliations

The multi-national corporations and MARG have collaborations with the following institutions:

  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai
  • Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH (GSI), Germany
  • University of Giessen, Germany
  • Joint Institute of Nuclear Research (JINR), Dubna, Russia
  • Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL), USA
  • The Centre for the Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), Bangalore.

Marie Curie Program

Active collaborations with partner institutions in the EU and Argentina are facilitated by the Marie Curie scheme through the European Community’s Seventh Framework Program of Research and Technological Development (FP7)

Manipal-GSI-Giessen Project

A conceptual design study for a next generation in-flight separator was proposed in 2010 and has been undertaken as a joint MU-GSI-Giessen project.
image source: TOI

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