India's particle physics laboratory at the Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology in Indore is creating opportunities for international contracts and collaborations and helping develop India's research base.
The centre, RRCAT, has fuelled much of India's particle physics revolution, reports David Harris in Symmetry Magazine. Among others, he says that recent developments there could help India develop energy independence.
India's rapidly increasing population of scientists and low labour costs help make RRCAT competitive when bidding for international contracts. The centre outbid others for a US$25 million contract to build magnets for Europe's prestigious CERN laboratory.
The centre is now collaborating with CERN on grid-computing systems for a proposed high-energy particle accelerator, the International Linear Collider. Other collaborations on this accelerator seem likely.
RRCAT's latest particle accelerator project, Indus-II, is an example of India's home-grown approach to this field of science. Most of the pieces were made in India. According to one researcher, the instrument could help make cleaner petrol.