Istanbul University Studies With Cern

We Contribute To Cern’s New Project

Istanbul University is taking part in the project of “Future Circular Collider” (FFC), which is going to be designed in place of Large Hadron Collider (LHC) set in European Nuclear Research Centre (CERN).



Future Circular Collider, which is primarily suggested in the report of European Strategy for Particle Physic and planned as the new collider of European Nuclear Research Centre by European Committee for Future Accelerators, is planned to build in the border of France-Switzerland, close by Geneva of Switzerland. In the project in which Large Hadron Collider, which is still the biggest collider of world, is involved, some problems such as research for theories beyond the standard model, existence of dark matter, new particle families, and supersymmetry partner particles of Higgs boson are going to be studied by hadron collision at a centre-of-mass energy of 100 TeV (Trillion electron volt) in tunnels having approximately 100 km perimeter. The world’s advanced technologies are going to be used in both building of the tunnels found 100 m under the ground, have 100 km perimeter and design, manufacture of superconducting magnets necessary for the environment accelerating protons, sensors that sums up from particles collided , the systems processing these datum.

“A Great Step for the Future”

IU Science Faculty Physic Department Associate Prof. Dr. Sehban Kartal said: “ This project is a great step for the future. It is an experiment called “Future Circular Collider” and expected to achieve more energy than Hadron Collider complex, which is set in CERN and creates a tremendous impression with its own works. In this project, there are 29 countries.”

prof dr sehban kartal

Prof. Dr. Kartal, who implies that studies in this kind of projects go back many years, said: “If we look at Large Hadron Collider, the first studies was started in 1990s. The properties of the machine can be written in consequence of preparations that long for many years and then production phase comes. We see the last situation of the project in media. However, there is a preparation longing for many years in the background. Future Circular Collider Project newly begins. We have signed a reciprocal agreement in order to join this experiment as full member. There are nearly 7 universities from Turkey.”

“We Join an Experiment in CERN for the First Time”

Prof. Dr. Sehban Kartal, who implies that Istanbul University, Okan University, Işık University and Aydın University from Istanbul join the experiment as full members, said: “The coordination of the universities from Istanbul is made by me. Also, Giresun University, Ankara University, TOBB Economy and Technology University from our country take parts in the project. We have started this study with a large, young researcher group, post graduate and PhD students and a team run by me. This is the first time that Istanbul University officially joins an experiment in CERN.


Stating that everyone who is interested in these projects, though they work in different departments of the university, can participate, and that it is a public project, Prof. Dr. Sehban Kartal said, “Every subject, from Mechanical Engineering to Electrical Engineering or from Computer Engineering to Press, can be regarded as relevant in Cern. The first studies of the experiment will be carried out in these rooms and these computers. The studies will start with simulations and prototypes will be built. Detectors will be developed. It is very important for Turkey that we, Istanbul University, are a part of this. I think this is a great opportunity for the next generations. And I hope our full membership to Cern will be completed soon.”

“We Can Achieve Better Success in a Short Time”

Mentioning the importance of sending researchers to the international projects and studies, Prof. Dr. Sehban Kartal said “We need to guide our youth and support them. With the experiences acquired from these projects, our country’s youth will achieve better success in a short time.”

Prof. Dr. Sehban Kartal who stated that there is a new team under the Physics Department of Istanbul University, said “We will make an announcement to all researchers and students who would like to participate and are interested in this experiment. There will be certain people in charge for every topic.”

“Young Researchers Should be Encouraged”

Prof. Dr. Sehban Kartal said that fundamental sciences are filled with everlasting and demanding studies and added, “For this, young students should be supported and encouraged. It is important that they are supported by institutions such as TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey), TAEK (Turkish Atomic Energy Authority), TÜBA (Turkish Academy of Sciences). Researchers who will work in the project should be supported financially and then the course of the project should be closely followed. If the researchers have not finished the project in the estimated time, until the completion of the publications and studies they promised, they will not be allowed to take any more projects. Prof. Dr. Sehban Kartal finished her speech by saying “We have to give them a chance. Every penny spent on the scientists will be worth it. It is a great opportunity to make sure that our talented, promising students will be interested in fundamental sciences. We have to take advantage of this opportunity and give the biggest support to these projects.”

Translated by: İrem YAŞAR, Eda AYDEMİR

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