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JINR - France: 40 years after

The 40th anniversary of cooperation between the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research and the National institute of nuclear and particle physics IN2P3 (Institut national de physique nucléaire et de physique des particules) is being celebrated in Dubna. The International Conference devoted on this cooperation is being held for two days, 14 and 15 January 2013 in the JINR International Conference Hall.

In his presentation, the Scientific leader of the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions RAS Academician Yuri Oganesyan spoke about establishment and development of cooperation among physicists from Dubna and France. Yuri Oganesyan worked for a year and a half at the laboratory in Orsay in his younger years (this laboratory, as well as 20 others in different cities of France, from Paris to Strasbourg, Marseille, Nantes, is a part of IN2P3).

Traditionally annual working meetings of leaders of the two research centers are held alternately in France and Russia, to discuss the detailed joint work plan for the current year. Today's ceremonial event in Dubna also began with a working meeting.

- In fact, the program which we discussed at the coordination committee includes all major areas of fundamental and applied physics - says Academician Victor Matveev.

- This is really a very substantial program. An extensive range of joint research was provided for exotic nuclei physics, physics of super-heavy elements - here scientists of France and Dubna work at the forefront. The program includes experiments in particle astrophysics, experiments carried out in underground laboratories of deep bedding, search for "dark" matter and neutrinoless double beta decay - all of this is considered now the front line of modern physics.

Participation of French scientists in experiments at our facilities in Dubna is also important. This is also a great contribution to strengthening of close scientific relations, because they can noticeably enrich us and allow our joint work in the most urgent areas of fundamental physics.

Director of IN2P3 Professor Jacques Martineau is agrees with his colleague:

- Historically, it turned out that we developed most closely cooperation in the field of nuclear physics. The synthesis of super-heavy elements should be noted first of all, where French scientists expect to learn much from Dubna colleagues. On the other hand, we have a lot of experience in radiochemical studies, and we hope that our knowledge will be useful in Dubna.

Another area of application of our efforts is study of exotic nuclei. We understand a lot now in this filed, but not everything, so there is still much to be explored.

We have long and successful cooperation in theoretical nuclear physics, but now studies of the general theory of relativity, the theory of supersymmetry, the theory of elementary particles and fields attract more and more interest.

And one more direction, which I can't but mention, is study of neutrino physics.

The last thing that I would like to say that I hope that our cooperation will continue, we have a very promising prospect, and I wish all the participants of this collaboration success and new results.

After two days of discussions of the results of scientific cooperation and new projects, French physicists will not leave Dubna immediately: they will visit laboratories of JINR, become familiar with the basic JINR experimental facilities, discuss current and possible joint projects in details.

Vera Fedorova