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Latvia will participate in an important experiment of the European Nuclear Research Centre (CERN) – the CMS (The Compact Muon Solenoid), to discover new phenomena in the field of physics. The consortium of Riga Technical University (RTU) and the University of Latvia has become a member of the CMS. The membership was approved by the Collaboration Board of CMS experiment last week. It gives our scientists the opportunity to directly engage in a world-class scientific experiment, equally cooperating with the world’s leading scientists.
CMS experiment is one of four experiments related to the Large Hadron Collider of CERN, and aims at observing and capturing new phenomena in physics. One of the most widely known discoveries is the Higgs boson, whose existence was proved by the CERN scientists five years ago. More than 4,000 physicists, engineers and computer scientists from more than 40 countries and 200 scientific institutes participate in the CMS experiment.
«Participation of Latvia in the CMS experiment is an important step towards the status of the CERN member state, which is on the agenda of the Latvian government – one of the most important points of the «road map» has been fulfilled. The next step is the official announcement of the Collaboration Board of CMS experiment to the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. The invitation for Latvia to get involved in the CMS experiment is the result of long-term preparation, negotiations and proof of scientific capabilities,» emphases Director of the Centre of High Energy Physics and Accelerator Technologies and CERN Scientific Associate, Professor Toms Torims. Participation in the experiment was conducted with the active support of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia.
Within the framework of the CMS experiment, RTU will contribute to fields of top-quark physics, big data processing as well as mechanical engineering and technology.
In 2012, RTU signed a cooperation agreement with CERN and since then has successfully been collaborating in number of scientific projects. For example, currently RTU researchers are involved in the «Horizon 2020» project of the European Commission’s programme «ARIES – Accelerator Research and Innovation for European Science and Society», which is coordinated by CERN.
Currently three RTU scientists are involved in CERN – Professor T. Torims and two Doctoral students, who work on their PhD Theses with CERN – Artūrs Ivanovs, whose field of research is related to robotics, and Viesturs Veckalns, who conducts research in the field of high-energy particle physics.