International projects of nuclear physics laboratory and department

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Manager of UZB0005, UZB0006 and UniCEN projects Mr.Akmal Safarov. Researcher at nuclear physics laboratory of Samarkand State University.

1. IAEA TC project UZB0005 (2019)

Project manager on behalf of Samarkand State University: Akmal Safarov

IAEA TC project “Improving Training Capacity in Nuclear Science at the National University of Uzbekistan (NUU) and the Samarkand State University (SSU)” funded by the technical cooperation program aims at improvement of the educational process in the field of the nuclear physics. Project budget is 160261 Euros. Within the project, Samarkand State University has received a liquid nitrogen plant produced by Cryomech (USA). This plant will help to expand the range of research in physics, chemistry, biology and other sciences where there is a need for low temperatures. Moreover, two university staff members completed two-month long fellowships in Moscow State University (MSU) on the subject of nuclear medicine and Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR, Dubna) on the subject of electron accelerators.

Cryomech specialist Bryan Craner and staff of the nuclear physics laboratory after completion of liquid nitrogen plant commissioning (September 16-21, 2019).

 

 

2. IAEA TC project UZB0006 (2020-2021)

Project manager on behalf of Samarkand State University: Akmal Safarov

IAEA TC project “Building Capacity in the Peaceful Use of Nuclear Science and Technologies at the National University of Uzbekistan and the Samarkand State University” funded by the technical cooperation program aimed at improvement of the educational programs in the field of the nuclear physics and manpower development for the real sector of economy of Uzbekistan. Project budget 188360 Euros. Within the framework of this project, it is planned to introduce three new courses and create 3 student laboratories at the Department of Nuclear Physics: (1) Fundamentals of Nuclear Reactor Physics; (2) Nuclear electronics; (3) Dosimetry and radioecology. It is also planned to purchase equipment in the amount of 80,000 Euros, send three staff members of the department and laboratory to leading scientific centers of the world and one of the seniors on a scientific trip to learn the processes of introducing new courses at a leading US or European university. In addition, it is planned to host national training events pertaining to new courses with the invited 11 international experts.

Earlier (2012-2014), as a result of the implementation of the IAEA TC project UZB0004 (with a budget of 234000 Euros), laboratories in atomic and nuclear physics were created for bachelor and master level students of the Department of Nuclear Physics.

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Director of the European division of technical cooperation prorgam (IAEA), Ms.Ana Raffo-Caiado at the nuclear physics educational laboratory of the department (May 23-25, 2019 г.)

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IAEA deputy director general Mr.M.V.Chudakov at the atomic physics educational laboratory of the department (August 21, 2019 г.)

 

3. Project UniCEN (2020)

Project manager: Akmal Safarov

 

Project “Co-Developement and Cross-Pollination of Effective, Hands-On Nuclear Physics Educational Activities” within the framework of Central Asia University Partnership Program (UniCEN) funded by the US embassy in Uzbekistan will be implemented jointly with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA), ranked 1st in the QS World University rankings. Project budget 39136 US dollars.

The goal of the project is the joint work on the development of new effective practical educational modules in the field of nuclear physics and the mutual exchange of teaching experience in this area. Within the project, it is planned that Professor Mike Short (MIT) will visit at Samarkand State University. Also Akmal Safarov will travel to MIT to familiarize himself with the methods of teaching nuclear physics. Professor Short proposed the purchase of 10 modern Geiger-Muller counters controlled via mobile applications (developed at MIT) that work both in iOS and Android operating systems. Subsequently, these devices will be granted to the nuclear physics department of Samarkand State University. OpenMOC, a computer simulator developed at MIT will be brought to Samarkand State University so bachelors and masters can acquire practical skills in the field of nuclear reactor physics.