The JINR is an independent, multinational research agency located in Dubna, Russian Federation. The JINR conducts both theoretical and practical research, mainly in the fields of elementary particle physics, nuclear physics and condensed matter physics.
South Africa holds associate membership status via a bilateral agreement signed between the Institute and the Department of Science and Technology (DST).
Through the JINR Agreement, the NRF organises the annual student practice, which is customarily held during September to October of each year. The goal of the Summer School is to build a critical mass of student cohorts that can later advance in research in the various nuclear research activities offered by JINR to the benefit of South Africa. Students doing science in any of the following disciplines: maths, physics, chemistry and biological sciences are encouraged to apply. The programme deliberately targets students from the previously disadvantaged backgrounds, and particularly those from the Historically Disadvantaged Institutions. Furthermore, travel grants are awarded to emerging and established researchers travelling to JINR labs or requesting funding to host JINR research experts for a short period (up to three weeks) in South Africa in order to enrich local expertise in their field. Researchers are eligible to apply in the following themes:
- Accelerator Technology - This thematic area includes the development of technologies associated with producing accelerated ion-beams, including: ion-sources, charge breeders, mass selectors, beam cooling, accelerators, and beam optics of stable as well as radioactive ion-beams.
- Focal Areas of Heavy Ion Physics Research Theme under the SA-JINR agreement- Heavy-ion physics research is undertaken with the suite of accelerators located at the Flerov Laboratory for Nuclear Reactions (FLNR) at the JINR. Focal areas are : (i) Super- and Very Heavy Element research with the SHELS separator coupled with conversion-electron and gamma-ray detection ; (ii) the study of exotic nuclei with the Rare Ion Beam (RIB) facility DRIBS ; (iii) nuclear-reactor materials modification by swift heavy ions; (iv) Nuclear Structure Theory.
- Applied nuclear thematic- The focus will be on development and applications of technologies using ion bombardment with swift heavy ions. The applications could be, for instance: in tracketched polymeric films for gas separation membranes; or super hydrophobic surfaces; stress testing of electronic circuits for space technologies; creation of anti bogus labelling; voltampere characteristics of semiconducting polymers for sensors; secondary structured surfaces; improved adhesion between metal and polymers, etc.
- Theoretical physics and computing- The thematic area will involve Few-body problems in nuclear physics including multi-cluster nuclear systems and hypernuclei, dense and hot nuclear matter, simulations for nuclear collisions in the NICA energy region and Statistical methods applied to nuclear physics.
- Education - Covers all aspects of education within the SA-JINR framework and these include the SA-JINR Student Practice which is a 3 week educational even aimed at exposing South African students to world class scientific equipment, scientific research and expert international rated scientists JINR. This also includes conferences and student visits and supervision at the JINR. The thematic area ( Education) is also concerned with facilitating the placement of students and research scientist in various projects and laboratories as part of its response to human capital development.
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