MOSCOW TIME: 16.10.2019 08:11:22

Companies + Economy

Rosatom supplied a large batch of germanium-76 isotope to Germany for the LEGEND international research project

Rosatom supplied a large batch of germanium-76 isotope to Germany for the LEGEND international research project

A large consignment of germanium-76 isotope has been shipped to Germany under the contract between Isotope JSC and the Technical University of Munich. The batch was produced by PA Electrochemical Plant JSC (ECP, Zelenogorsk, Krasnoyarsk region; an enterprise of TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom).

Germanium-76 has been supplied for the joint international research collaboration LEGEND (Large Enriched Germanium Experiment for Neutrinoless ββ Decay), which studies the properties of neutrino, an elementary particle. Scientists believe that registration of neutrinoless double beta decay of a nucleus will be a major discovery in modern physics and another significant step towards understanding the fundamental properties of matter.

The LEGEND collaboration was established as a result of unification of two major international scientific projects – the European GERDA and the North-American Majorana both experiments were searching for the double neutrinoless beta decay using detectors made of germanium-76, which had been produced by ECP (at the plant, the substance is enriched up to the required isotope purity in a cascade of gas centrifuges). The new project has been joined by other research groups that were engaged in similar experiments, the collaboration now comprises more than 50 research organizations around the world, including about 30 in Russia.

The merging of these projects made it possible for scientists to consolidate research results as well as financial resources. The specific feature of such is that they require large amounts of isotope products. Researchers estimate that the joint collaboration could use more than 1000 kg of germanium-76.

“For more than 10 years, Rosatom has been supplying stable isotopes for neutrino research projects, meanwhile the most recent contract was concluded following a competitive international tender. Once again, the Electrochemical Plant has perfectly fulfilled all the high requirements of our foreign customer. Within a very short timeframe, the plant manufactured a large batch weighing more than 20 kg”, Rustam Rakhmatulin, Director General of Isotope JSC, noted.

Over the years of participation in neutrino research projects, Rosatom’s subsidiaries not only mastered the production of necessary isotope products, but also solved a number of nonconventional tasks related to export shipments, developing complex logistics supply schemes from Siberia to Europe. Intermediate storage of products is arranged in an underground repository in a specially made sarcophagus that protects the isotopes from cosmic radiation. In addition, ECP specialists have developed a special shipping packaging container that performs the same functions as the underground sarcophagus.

Beside germanium-76 for the LEGEND collaboration, ECP also produces molybdenum-100 for another major neutrino research project, AMORE (Republic of Korea).

TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom is the world leader in stable isotope production with a global market share of 40%. The Electrochemical Plant in Zelenogorsk alone produces 107 stable isotopes of 21 chemical elements. At the same time, the enterprise is developing its unique competence in radioactive isotopes enrichment in gas centrifuges.

:

Germanium isotope

Share this:

Share this Share this Share this

NEWS


26.09.2019 Vietnam-Russia Bilateral Ties Deepen, Boost Investment

Russia was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Vietnam, laying the groundwork for a strong bilateral and economic relationship between the countries.

04.09.2019 Russias trade turnover with African states up 17% in 2018

Russias trade turnover with the African states increased by more than 17% in 2018 to $20.4 bln. A representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry told TASS that the majority of...

21.08.2019 Taiwanese delegation to promote agriculture in Russia

A Council of Agriculture-led delegation from Taiwan is to travel to Moscow on Wednesday next week to take part in a two-day promotion of Taiwanese agricultural products.

EVENTS


16.09.2020 Mining and Metals Central Asia 2020

Mining and Metals Central Asia is a professional platform to demonstrate achievements of Kazakhstani and foreign manufacturers of equipment, services, and developments in the field...

16.09.2020 Kazcomak 2020

Kazakhstan International Road and Heavy construction, Communal machinery exhibition

INTERVIEWS


18.04.2018 Pskov State University Increases Its International Student Body Thirty...

Higher education can be a profitable export business, provided the system is built correctly and qua...

FEA Education


03.05.2017 Anna Trubetskaya: "Business should be built on Russians"

About the models of business development in another country and professional secrets is told by a practicing expert on work in international markets Anna Trubetskaya

Our partners