CALL OF PROPOSALS FOR ACCELERATOR & RADIATION BASED CRS RESEARCH PROJECTS USING DAE FACILITIES

Proposals are invited from Universities & Colleges & Research Institutes for accelerator and radiation based CRS research projects using the facilities at Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), Kolkata ; Institute of Physics (IOP), Bhubaneshwar; BARC/TIFR, Mumbai. CRS research projects under the Collaborative Research Scheme of the UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, provide for support for travel, contingency and research scholar. The projects are normally of three years with annual progress review which decides the financial sanction for each year.

The proposal should include the following particulars :
  1. Title
  2. Principal Investigator
  3. Brief Ressume of PI with list of journal publications of last 5 years
  4. Co-Investigators
  5. List of collaborators
  6. facilities required
  7. Project plan consisting of brief abstract, literature survey, definition of problems, scientific justification, experimental plan (with beam specifications etc)
  8. Support need {fellowship / contingency / consumables (in a limited amount), travel support}.

Proposals may be submitted for the following research programmes :

RESEARCH PROGRAM-01 : TRACE ELEMENT RESEARCH
Proposals for carrying out Trace Elements studies in the fields of Life Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Geology, Archeology, Material Sciences using Proton Induced X-Ray Emission (PIXE) and EDXRF techniques are invited. MeV protons are available from IOP for carrying out these experiments. A multi-target octagonal ladder, having a maximum capacity of 56 thick targets can be used for target mounting. sample processing facilities for preparation of target (both thin and thick targets) and EDXRF system are available at UGC-DAE CSR, Kolkata centre.
Co-ordinator for Research Program-01 : Dr M Sudarshan ; sude@alpha.iuc.res.in


RESEARCH PROGRAM-02 : MATERIAL SCIENCE USING ION BEAMS & RADIO-ISOTOPES
Ion implantation studies can be conducted using the low energy ECR based implanter developed at VECC delivering high current beams (~micro-amperes) with energy up to 35 KeV/charge-state of ions like 12C5+, 16O7+, 40Ar12+ etc. Beams up to 10 MeV (~100 nA Au, Ag, C, O, Si etc) are available using the 3 MV Tandem Accelerator at IOP. Radio-isotope based nuclear techniques are supported for material investigation. These include Mossbauer and Positron Annihilation Techniques. Short live radioactivity required for the purpose may be produced using the VECC cyclotrons.
Co-ordinator for Research Program-02 :
For ion-beam based material science : Dr J B M Krishna ; email jbmk@alpha.iuc.res.in
For Mat. Science using Radio isotopes : Dr D Das ; email ddas@alpha.iuc.res.in


RESEARCH PROGRAM-03 : NUCLEAR STRUCTURE & REACTION DYNAMICS
The Consortium is one of the PIs for INGA, a major national project on gamma-ray spectroscopy for nuclear structure at high spin. Experiments using INGA are conducted at various heavy-ion accelerator facilities with DAE and UGC viz. VECC, BARC/TIFR and IUAC. Proposals are invited for INGA based nuclear spectroscopy studies.
The heavy-ion accelerators at VECC are planned to provide for high energy ion-beams close to Fermi energy while the near barrier heavy-ion beams are available from the BARC/TIFR 14 UD Pelletron. Nuclear reaction and dynamic studies call for extensive experiment specific setups and developments. Proposals are invited for nuclear reaction and dynamic studies using these accelerators. Collaborators from DAE Scientists in these project proposals are welcome and should help in facilitating a successful programe.
Co-ordinator for Research Program-03 : Dr S S Ghugre ; ssg@alpha.iuc.res.in


RESEARCH PROGRAM-03 : RADIATION BASED BIOLOGY & CHEMISTRY
In-air ion beam facility using the VECC cyclotrons and co-60 based gamma irradiator are possible for carrying out research in Radiation Biology & Chemistry. Several general purpose support facilities for chemical and biological research are available at the consortium center. Radiation chemistry research includes radiation induced synthesis and modification of macromolecules (polymers, bio-polymers etc) and nano-materials.
Co-ordinator for Research Program-04 :
For Radiation Biology : Dr (Ms) A Chakraborty ; email sude@alpha.iuc.res.in
For Radiation Chemistry : Dr A Saha ; email abhijit@alpha.iuc.res.in

An e-copy of the proposal may be sent by email (as an advance copy) to the corresponding coordinator mentioned. The co-ordinator may also be contacted for technical details, if required. An e-copy of the proposal should be sent to the email-address crs@alpha.iuc.res.in. A hard-copy duly forwarded by the University / College / Institute should be sent by post and is required for fund transfer etc.

The proposals will be reviewed at frequent intervals, following a preliminary feasibility check, PI's of the project proposals will be called for presentations in the user workshops arranged for the purpose shortly after the receipt of proposals. The information/ schedule will be conveyed to the PI and will also be made available on our website