Accompanied by the institute’s director Pavel Logachev, the President toured the laboratories and learned about the institute’s research.
During the visit, the President also met with students of Novosibirsk State University and its Specialised Research and Studies Centre. Vladimir Putin also had a meeting with scientists from the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Scientists.
The Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Russian Academy of Scientists’ Siberian Branch was established in May 1958 and grew from the Nuclear Energy Institute’s laboratory of new acceleration methods. It is now one of the country’s largest academic institutions with around 2,800 employees, including 10 members of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 61 DScs, 167 Cand.Sc. and 400 research fellows.
The institute is one of the world’s leading centres for high energy physics and accelerator physics, plasma physics and controlled thermonuclear fusion. The institute conducts large-scale experiments in elementary particle physics using electron-positron colliders and open plasma traps, develops modern accelerators, intensive synchrotron light sources and free-electron lasers. For many research areas, the institute is unique in Russia.
Notably, the institute deals with the full cycle of complex projects, from concept to complete one-of-a-kind research facilities and high-technology equipment. The institute’s expertise provides the fundamental basis for implementing advanced mega science projects of global importance, such as a new high-performance electron-positron collider, Super C-Tau Factory, a specialised synchrotron light source and a new installation for research in high temperature plasma physics.