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International collaboration challenges and solutions for Ukraine’s particle physicists

Technology upgrades can bring both challenges and solutions. For Ukrainian researchers at Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology (KIPT), planned changes to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) run by the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, CERN, will bring a challenge. But a new ‘spectrum’ digital highway, operational since September 2021, provided by URAN and the EU-funded EaPConnect project, offers a ‘future-proofed’ solution that will meet KIPT’s growing data flow needs. PhD Leonid Levchuk is Head of the Department of Experimental Studies in High Energy Particle and Nuclear Physics at the KIPT National Science Centre (NSC) – the only Ukrainian team that is processing data from CERN’s LHC. An important research direction of his department is participating in the large, multi-purpose Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment.

“This work could not be fulfilled without access to the pan-European GÉANT network infrastructure,” Dr Levchuk says.

Submitted by Tetiana Preobrazhenska

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