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This past week, two of TRIUMF's mandates came together at a special conference in India: connecting Canada to the world and advancing isotopes for science and medicine.
The Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC) in Kolkata, with support from India's Department of Atomic Energy, organized an international conference called Science with Rare-Ion Beams (SCRIBE). The conference pulled together rare-isotope science experts from across India, Asia, Europe, and North America to discuss the opportunities for a major new facility developing in India called ANURIB (Advanced National facility for Unstable & Rare-Isotope Beams) to be constructed in the Rajarhat area of Kolkata. The ANURIB facility exploits similar accelerator technologies as Canada's ARIEL facility and, hence, TRIUMF and VECC have been collaborating closely for the past five years. The first phase of work for ANURIB is proposed as a key element of the 12th Plan being considered by India's Parliament; formal approval could be as soon as the end of this calendar year.
At the conference, TRIUMF's director Nigel S. Lockyer gave a talk about managing a new international facility; TRIUMF's head of the Science Division Reiner Kruecken presented an overview of rare-isotope science. Head of TRIUMF's Accelerator Dvision Lia Merminga shared an update on both the ARIEL project as well as the status of the collaborative development of the superconducting linear accelerator. Ankur Chaudhari, a post-doctoral fellow with Jens Dilling on the TITAN experiment, talked about the latest mass-measurement results and their scientific implications.
The closing session of the conference was based around an international panel discussion chaired by the incom