Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre

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Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre
Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre.svg
Seal of VECC
Legal statusOperational
PurposeNuclear Research
HeadquartersKolkata, West Bengal, India
Coordinates22°36′04″N 88°25′09″E / 22.6010°N 88.4192°E / 22.6010; 88.4192
Dr. Sumit Som
Parent organisation
Department of Atomic Energy
137 crore (US$19 million)[1]

The Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC) is a research and development unit of the Department of Atomic Energy. The VECC is located in Kolkata, India and performs research in basic and applied nuclear sciences and development of the latest nuclear particle accelerators. It has a collaboration with the European Organization for Nuclear Research.[2] The Centre houses a 224 cm cyclotron—the first of its kind in India—which has been operational since 16 June 1977.[3] It provides proton, deuteron, alpha particle and heavy ion beams of various energies to other institutions.

The Centre consists of major facilities such as K130 Cyclotron, K500 Superconducting Cyclotron, Cyclone-30 Medical Cyclotron, Radioactive Ion Beam (RIB) Facility, Computing Centre, Regional Radiation Medicine Centre and a new Campus for the proposed ANURIB project[4][5] at New Town, Rajarhat. The ANURIB (Advanced National facility for Unstable & Rare-Isotope Beams) is a planned facility, to be constructed in collaboration with the Canada-based research institute TRIUMF.[6] ANURIB is going to conduct experiments of unstable & rare isotope beams.[7]


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  2. ^ "Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata". Homi Bhabha National Institute. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  3. ^ Asoke Nath Mitra (2009). India in the World of Physics: Then and Now. Pearson Education India. p. 318. ISBN 9788131715796.
  4. ^ "New nuke physics facility planned in Kolkata". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  5. ^ Sudeshna Pal (17 June 2013). "Laboratory for research on radioactive ion beams soon". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Expanding Partnerships with India | TRIUMF : Canada's particle accelerator centre".
  7. ^ Das, Madhuparna (6 January 2013). "Kolkata to house Asia's second lab to study supernova conditions". The Indian Express. Retrieved 30 May 2018.

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