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Iranian physicists' 40-year-old dream comes true


Source: Mehr News Agency

Farhad Ardalan, a precursor of Iranian scientists cooperation in CERN research, has called the cooperation as the fulfillment of the 40-year-old dream of Iranians to participate in the International Laboratory For Particles Research.

Professor Farhad Ardalan received the APS fellowship award from Jon Clark the president of the International Forum of American Physical Society. For pioneering work in applications of non-commutative geometry in string theory and gauge theories, and for promoting the participation of Iranian scientists in CERN and Middle-East programs.

"The discovery of Higgs boson is not like those of the past few decades in physics, but it means discovering of one of nature's wonders which no one could guess 50 years ago," said Dr. Ardalan during the ceremony for the CERN memo award to the Head of Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences at the institute's Physics Research Center."But this finding is important for Iranians from yet another viewpoint, that their 40-year-old dream to take part in CERN research has been fulfilled," he added.

Dr Hesamoddin Arfaee, Dean of the Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences School of Particles and Accelerators, also said that the Iranian group at CERN is a small one compared to that of other countries (20 members versus 100 from Turkey and 40 from Pakistan).

"Though we are less in the number of researchers, and entered CERN rather recently (10 years after these countries), our share in scientific research has been more than theirs." he added.

About CERN: CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world's largest and most respected centres for scientific research. Its business is fundamental physics, finding out what the Universe is made of and how it works. At CERN, the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments are used to study the basic constituents of matter - the fundamental particles. By studying what happens when these particles collide, physicists learn about the laws of Nature.

The instruments used at CERN are particle accelerators and detectors. Accelerators boost beams of particles to high energies before they are made to collide with each other or with stationary targets. Detectors observe and record the results of these collisions.

Founded in 1954, the CERN Laboratory sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe's first joint ventures and now has 20 Member States.


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