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Global challenges for the INPhE

Researchers, teachers, students and graduates of the INPhE are searching for answers to the following global challenges facing the mankind:

● increasing rates of development of the world science in fields of particle physics, astrophysics, nuclear physics and condensed-matter physics;
● search for new forms of energy and creation of technologies for their developing;
● safe and ecologically clean nuclear energy;
● problem of nonproliferation of radioactive materials;
● strengthening of the mankind impact on the climate change;
● global competitive struggle for training of highly qualified personnel. Institute of Nuclear Physics and Engineering
National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute)

Main tasks of the INPhE

In the field of the research activity, the strategic task of the INPhE is to become a leading international research and engineering and technology center in such rapidly developing areas as: nuclear energy and radiation technologies, nuclear non-proliferation and guarantees, nuclear physics, elementary particle physics, astrophysics and cosmophysics.
The research potential of MEPhI in the nuclear field will sharply increase after the integration of the activity of INPhE and several research institutes of the nuclear industry, and creating, together with the State Corporation «Rosatom», of R&D center. This will allow implementing the following tasks:
● Research on the new states of matter: analysis of the nuclear matter phase diagram, identification of the mechanism of quark hadronization, deconfinement and of quark-gluon matter properties. The active participation of the INPhE in the international experiments in this area is planned: HADES (GSI, Germany), BM@N (JINR, Russia), NA61/SHINE (CERN), PHENIX (BNL, US), STAR (BNL, US), and ALICE, CMS and ATLAS (CERN), as well as in the future experiment sPHENIX (BNL, USA);
● Investigation of neutrino properties, searching for "heavy neutrino", coherent neutrino scattering. INPhE participation in the main neutrino experiments (BOREXINO, DarkSide, LZ, IceCube) is planned;
● Investigation of mechanisms of super- and ultra-high energy cosmic ray generation in astrophysical objects. INPhE participates in new space projects GAMMA-400 and “GRIS-FKI-1” at the ISS, as well as in creation of the largest on the Russian territory international gamma-ray observatory TAIGA;
● An active development of INPhE’s own research and technological infrastructure is envisaged as a part of INPhE development program. To enhance international collaborations, it is planned to establish by 2020 a scientific MegaScience class facility and a Center of muon diagnostics of the heliosphere, Earth’s atmosphere and near-Earth space on the basis of the Experimental complex “NEVOD” of MEPhI. Applied research of the Center will be carried out in cooperation with IZMIRAN, Fedorov Institute of Applied Geophysics of the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring, Central Aerological Observatory and Geophysical Center of RAS;

In the field of education, INPhE pursues the strategic challenge of entering the elite group of the world's best universities in the field of nuclear physics and technology, material science and materials technology.

The innovative demand for nuclear and subnuclear research lies, first of all, in the potential applicability of research outcome for the development of essentially new technologies. Second, technologies and equipment created for the investigation of physical phenomena at the limit of current capabilities can be further used in other science-intensive areas

Strategic aim of the INPhE

The strategic aim is the creation and development of the world level scientific and educational center in the field of nuclear physics and technology, radiation materials science, elementary particle physics, astrophysics and cosmophysics.
The strategy of the INPhE development is aimed to taking leading positions in the following areas:

● nuclear energy of the XXI century (multicomponent nuclear energy, closed fuel cycle, nuclear waste disposal, NPP safety);
● radiation and beam technologies (materials science, radiation physics, electronics, etc);
● high-energy physics and elementary particle physics, astrophysics and cosmophysics (new states of matter, ultrahigh-energy particles, spin and polarization effects, properties of neutrino, and gamma-ray astronomy);
● applied aspects of the solar-terrestrial physics, improving of methods for monitoring of potentially hazardous processes in the Earth's atmosphere and near-Earth space;
● new system of training of personnel for the science-intensive sectors of the economy/

Key strategic differentiators of the INPhE

● Multidimensional mutually beneficial relations of the INPhE with international organizations IAEA and OECD/NEA;
● Developed own scientific and technological infrastructure providing effective integration of scientific and educational activities;
● Dominant positions of the INPhE in leading international scientific collaborations including MegaScience projects in Russia;
● Priority participation of the INPhE in international educational and scientific networks (ENEN, ANENT, STAR-NET, etc.);
● Investing in the creation of advanced educational programs and in the achievement of breakthrough scientific results.


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