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On the COMET programme

The 11th Collaboration meeting of the COMET experiment which has the purpose to study neutrinoless conversion of muons into electrons was finished today in Dubna. Head of the experiment Professor Yoshitaka Kuno (the Osaka University) and project manager Professor Satoshi Mihara (KEK) told to the correspondent of the JINR weekly newspaper "Dubna: science, community, progress" that about 130 researchers from 12 countries, including staff members of the Laboratory of Nuclear Problems led by Zviad Tsamalaidze, are involved in these studies. They joined to search for extremely rare processes of the so-called new physics, which should provide answers to questions about the origin of the Universe.

Japanese scientists noted that the basic idea of planned experiments belongs to the remarkable scientist who worked in Dubna at the Laboratory of Nuclear Problems for many years Academician Bruno Pontecorvo. This ambitious experiment is planned to be implemented at a level of sensitivity of 10-16 – 10-17. The experiment will be implemented at the new Japanese accelerator complex J-PARC in two stages. The first stage is scheduled to begin in 2016. Activities of the collaboration are discussed at regular meetings which are held three times a year in Japan and in member states of the experiment. Participants of the meeting which was held this time in Dubna on 30 September – 4 October noted good organization of the meeting and a high level of the JINR infrastructure.

Evgeny Molchanov
JINR weekly newspaper "Dubna: science, community, progress"