India’s quest took her to CERN: Prof Sinha

Bhubaneswar: Technology cannot prosper without the urge to discover and the courage to ask questions, said noted physicist Prof Bikash Sinha addressing a talk on ‘God particle (Higgs Boson) and the Infant Universe at CERN’ organized by National Aluminium Company (Nalco) here on the occasion of 17th National Technology Day today.

Referring to the historic experiment of recreating ‘Big Bang’ at European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in 2012, Padma Bhusan awardee Sinha said, “India’s participation in it showed our desire to know how the universe came into being and what the dark matter responsible for it was.”

Sharing his experience at CERN, Prof Sinha deliberated upon the process of recreating Big Bang in the ‘Large Hadron Collider’. In layman’s language, he explained how in a microsecond after the Big Bang, a standard model consisting of quarks, leptons, electrons and photons would have come into being.

Sinha elucidated the mechanism that generates the mass of these elementary particles, Higgs Boson or God Particle, and the Higgs mechanism. He also described why universe must have been much smaller and hence much denser and hotter in the past.

Terming the participation of India in CERN experiment as the result of rigorous hard work of Indian scientists like Jagadish Chanda Bose, Satyandranath Bose and C.V. Raman, Sinha said the quest of knowing the unknown and urge to discover have led our nation to make the history. He also lauded the nuclear test India conducted in Pokhran in 1998.

Speaking on the occasion, Nalco CMD N.R. Mohanty emphasised the importance of technology. He stressed that technology should be at its best used to uphold the human life.

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