Colloquium on 45 years of collaboration between Fermilab and USSR/Russian scientists – Sept. 6

As part of a series of talks celebrating 50 years of Fermilab, the colloquium on Wednesday, Sept. 6, will focus on the relationship between Fermilab and the USSR and Russia. The talk takes place in One West at 4 p.m.

Scientist Victor Yarba will present the talk, titled “Forty-five Years of Collaboration between Fermilab and USSR/Russian Scientists.” Victor has played major role in particle physics and in establishing international collaboration. He started his research at JINR in Dubna, Russia, in the 1950s, then served as deputy director at IHEP (Protvino) in the 1970s and ’80s. He came here to lead the high-energy booster SSC project in early ’90s and then served as Fermilab’s Technical Division associate head for many years. He was a long-time member of US-USSR Joint Committee on Fundamental Properties of Matter.

The colloquium talk will cover joint collaboration activities at Fermilab since 1972 when Soviet scientists participated in the first Main Ring experiment. Over the years hundreds of Soviet and Russian physicists participated in research at Fermilab, and this cooperation continues now on muon and neutrino experiments. USSR/Russian laboratories provided major parts of equipment for Fermilab’s particle detectors and accelerators as well as intellectual contributions. More than 70 joint experiments were performed and new experiments are planned.

Dmitri Denisov is DZero co-spokesperson and head of Fermilab’s Particle Physics Initiatives Department.

E-36, the Small Angle Proton-Proton Scattering Experiment, was approved on Feb. 1, 1970. The experimenters came from the National Accelerator Laboratory, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna, USSR), the University of Rochester (Rochester, New York) and Rockefeller University (New York City), making it a model of cooperation between Americans and Soviets at a time when Cold War tensions still ran high. Photo: Fermilab