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Novosibirsk nuclear physicists build electron accelerator to simulate nuke blasts effects

18 Feb '13
The Institute of Nuclear Physics (INP), a Novosibirsk-based member of the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), has unveiled plans to develop and build a powerful electron accelerator enabling researchers to improve nuclear weaponry without actual blasts, news agency RIA Novosti reports.

The order for the accelerator has reportedly come from the VNIITF Academician Zababakhin Russian Federal Research Institute of Technical Physics located in the town of Snezhinsk in the Chelyabinsk region, in the South Urals.

According to Alexander Aseyev, the president of the Siberian branch of RAS, the next gen electron accelerator will “have unique parameters,” and its development is expected to take “about five years to complete.”

“With nuclear tests outlawed we need increasingly advanced tooling for scientific research, enabling us to improve arms without causing nukes to actually detonate. The accelerator is such a research tool to boost the country’s defense capacity,” said Yuri Tikhonov, the deputy director of INP.

Mr. Tikhonov also added that a similar accelerator, just much smaller in size, already exists in the Chelyabinsk region and VNIITF specialists have been using it for research.

The scientists have declined to provide any exact tab for the future VNIITF accelerator, saying only that its cost will be “comparable with a new collider,” which INP wants to build “for exclusively scientific purposes,” and the collider may cost an estimated $530m.
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