by Panos Charitos. Published: 15 September 2013

Dinesh Srivastava visited CERN earlier this month, following his appointment as the new director of VECC. Dinesh wanted to see himself the research undertaken by researchers from India and discuss with them what could be further improved as well as the directions for future research.

When asked about his feelings after the visit Dinesh refers to part of what he shared in CERN’s guestbook after his meeting with the DG:

“A visit to CERN is always like a pilgrimage for me. This is a confluence of the best in the world, with the sole purpose of understanding the nature. I do not know of any other event which exemplified the brotherhood of mankind, in its most noble goal-the search for truth as the building of LHC and the search for Higgs boson and the quark gluon plasma did. I also take enormous pride in the fact that the scientists, engineers and students from India played such an important role in the building of LHC and the detectors for ALICE and CMS and in theoretical and experimental understanding of Higgs boson and characterization of quark gluon plasma. I am truly overwhelmed, after seeing the entire effort...Yes man-kind wins.”

From left to right: Paolo Giubellino, Archana Sharma, Dinesh Srivastava, Rolf Hoyer, Tapan Nayak and Rüdiger Voss.

During his stay Dinesh gave a well-attended lecture on “Probing relativistic heavy ion collisions using photons, jets, and heavy quarks” in CERN’s heavy-ion forum. He reviewed the steps from the beginning of the field up to the most recent results on the study of Quark Gluon Plasma. Starting from the early developments when photons were used as probes of quark gluon plasma (QGP) he discussed the energy loss mechanism of parton traversing QGP as well as the possible evolution of this mechanism with pT, collision energy, and flavour.

Dinesh also had the chance to visit other experiments in which scientists from India participate such as CMS, COMPASS and ISOLDE. Tapan Nayak who organized Dinesh’s visit to CERN says: “Dinesh is coming after a long time, following his last visit to CERN in 1995. Of course we often held discussions about ALICE but visiting CERN gave a much clearer impression. Moreover, his visit helped us in making a decision about the next steps of the Indian teams in the ALICE Upgrade plans”. Tapan adds: “In the last eight months we were thinking how we could participate in the ALICE Upgrade. After all the PMD’s time life ends after the next run of the LHC and hence we are planning our next steps. Our main effort was to find a place that would fit our previous background and experience as well as the interests of our group. Dinesh’s visit clearly made an impact and will help in making our final decisions”.

Director Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, India D. Srivastava signing the guest book with CERN Director-General R. Heuer.

Finally, Dinesh met with the ALICE Management and together with Tapan Nayak they had long discussions with Werner Riegler and Pierre Vande Vyvre. Finallym, they visited the T0 centre and discussed with Yves Schutz about the development of Grid Computing at VECC which is one of the major users of computer facilities in Kolkata. Tapan adds: “It’s important to see what there is here at CERN and think how we could improve and contribute in the future.”