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Agreement for Neutrino Physics Collaboration


Agreement for Neutrino Physics Collaboration



Secretary DAE Dr. Sekhar Basu and U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry signed an agreement to expand the two countries’ collaboration on world-leading science and technology projects.


The Agreement opens the way for jointly advancing cutting-edge neutrino science projects underway in both countries: the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) with the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) hosted at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Fermilab, and the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO).


“India has a rich tradition of discoveries in basic science,” said Dr. Basu. “We are pleased to expand our accelerator science collaboration with the U.S. to include the science for neutrinos.  Science knows no borders and we value our Indian scientists working hand-in-hand with our American colleagues. The pursuit of knowledge is a true human endeavor.”


“The LBNF/DUNE project hosted by Fermilab in collaboration with our international partners is an important priority for the Department, the Administration, and America’s leadership in science,” said Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “I am pleased to expand our partnership with India in neutrino science and look forward to making discoveries in this promising area of research.”


Under the new Agreement, U.S. and Indian institutions will expand this productive collaboration to include neutrino research projects.  INO will record information about neutrinos and antineutrinos generated by cosmic rays hitting Earth’s atmosphere. Its detector will feature what could be the world’s biggest magnet, allowing INO to be the first experiment able to distinguish signals produced by atmospheric neutrinos and antineutrinos. The DOE-DAE agreement enables US and Indian scientists to collaborate on the development and construction of different types of neutrino detectors.


Scientists from three R&D Units of DAE – BARC Mumbai, RRCAT Indore, and VECC Kolkata – are contributing to the design and construction of magnets and superconducting particle accelerator components for  Fermilab and the next generation of particle accelerators in India.

Press Release

April 16, 2018
New Delhi