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Neutrino Observatory in Tamil Nadu

Posted on : 09 Dec 2019

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  • The India based Neutrino Observatory is being planned in the Theni district in Tamil Nadu.
  • The Union Minister of State (MoS) for Atomic Energy and Space clarified that the INO site is not in the Eco Sensitive Area as identified by the High Level Working Group (HL WG) chaired by Dr. Kasturirangan.

About India Neutrino Observatory Project:

  • In December 2017, the Cabinet Committee on Security cleared the India-based Neutrino Observatory project.
  • It is the latest in a series of neutrino detectors, neutrino factories and experiments being set up worldwide to promote research in particle physics.
  • It is an underground project and will comprise a complex of caverns. The main cavern, which will house the huge neutrino detector [50-kilo tonne magnetised iron calorimeter], will be 130 m long, 26 m wide, and 30 m high.

What is a neutrino?

  • Neutrinos are the smallest particles that form the universe.

Who else has a neutrino facility?

  • Underground: SNO, Canada, Kamioka in Japan and Gran Sasso, Italy.
  • Underwater: Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica. Antares - under Mediterranean Sea off coast of Toulon, France.

Who is in-charge of the project?

  • The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research is the nodal institution. The observatory is to be built jointly with the Department of Atomic Energy and the Department of Science and Technology.

Article Related Questions

  1. In which state of India is Neutrino Observatory been planned to be set up?

  2. 1.Kerala

    2.Tamil Nadu

    3.Andhra Pradesh

    4.Karnataka

    Right Ans : Tamil Nadu


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