On 27 March, 2018, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research welcomed the final-year class of the Alexandre Dumas French School of Moscow.
It should be noted that it is not the first visit of representatives of this educational institution to the Institute. For the first time the students of this School came to JINR in 2017, accompanied by their teachers and the Atomic Energy Advisor of the Department for Nuclear Affairs of the French Embassy in Moscow. The visit made such a strong impression on the trip organisers that they decided to bring the next-year group of students to JINR.
The visitors managed to get to both JINR sites and see the Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions and the Laboratory of High Energy Physics.
In the Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions, Scientific Secretary A.Karpov gave the students a lecture on the synthesis of superheavy elements. The most surprising fact for young researchers was the passion and dedication of scientists working in the field of fundamental science: they do not give up even when they know that the discovery can take decades. After the introductory lecture, the FLNR staff member A.Voinov guided the students to the IC-100 accelerator, where the guests got acquainted with the principles of the cyclotron operation. The excursion participants were very pleased with the opportunity to see the real equipment and people working with it.
Afterwards, the visitors went to the Laboratory of High Energy Physics, where A.Shemchuk, M.Shandov, and D.Dryablov told them about the mega-science project NICA. They demonstrated the manufacturing of a superconducting cable and described the step-by-step process of assembly and testing of superconducting magnets intended for the future accelerator complex. A genuine interest of the listeners was caused by liquid nitrogen demonstrations.
Judging by the feedback sent, the visit produced a positive impression on its participants. Therefore, next year we are expecting more visitors from the Alexandre Dumas French School of Moscow.