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Development of gas detectors brings “Group Achievement Award 2014” to VECC
Posted by Tilak Ghosh

The scientists and technicians of the experimental nuclear physics division, under the leadership of Dr. Chandana Bhattacharya, shared the "Group Achievement Award 2014" for the successful development of large area gas detectors at VECC. The award, given annually by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), consists of a citation and medal, apart from cash prize.

After intensive R&D efforts, the group has developed several position sensitive Multi-Wire Proportional Counters (MWPC) that were designed and fabricated indigenously. These large area (typical area ~ 20 cm x 6 cm, 24 cm x 10 cm) gas detectors provide both timing and position information and are very cost effective. The detectors, which constitute one of the major in-house experimental facilities for VECC cyclotron, can be easily transported to other major accelerator facilities (BARC-TIFR-Mumbai, IUAC-New Delhi) in India and are routinely used for the experiments to study nuclear fission dynamics.  The detectors are now used not only by the VECC scientists, but also by the researchers from other laboratories and universities in the country as well.

The award will be presented in a ceremony to be held on 29th October, at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai.