The Department of Science and Technology has announced that Dr. Sibaji Raha, an Indian physicist and former director of the Bose Institute in Kolkata, will hold the post as the first chairman of the Joint Scientific Council of the GSI and the upcoming 'Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research' (FAIR) facility in Germany for about two years, commencing from June 2016.
The Council will explore the nature of matter and the evolution of the universe.
Dr. Raha is an international expert on high energy particle and nuclear physics. He will chair the Joint Scientific Council which is the international advisory board of FAIR and GSI. FAIR will be constructed near the premises of physical research institute—GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research—at Darmsadt in Germany.
GSI’s research programme includes a wide range of activities such as nuclear and atomic physics via plasma, material research and biophysics. GSI is a primary partner in many experiments at CERN in Geneva. CERN is known for the discovery of Higgs Boson particle.
On his appointment, Dr. Raha stated that the Council’s duties include outlining the roadmap of scientific programme to be followed by both the existing GSI and the future FAIR facilities comprising 12 internationally acclaimed scientists from several countries, including the US, France, Italy, Poland, Japan, Sweden, South Africa, Germany, India, Russia, Spain and Austria.