7 august 2012

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, on his working visit to Novosibirsk, visits the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Siberian Branch


The prime minister inspected a terahertz accelerator and a terahertz emitter as well as some promising projects at the institute.

Gennady Kulipanov, Director of the Budker Institute, told Dmitry Medvedev that it the terahertz accelerator was the reason the institute had been awarded the Russian State Prize. He mentioned that the institute had delivered three units to the United States and five to South Korea.

"We made a lot of money from those. However, our salaries are still very modest," the director said.

Dmitry Medvedev replied that "salaries will be increased for professors and tutors; it might take a couple of years, though."

For his part, Alexander Aseyev, Chairman of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told the prime minister how the terahertz accelerator could be used by the Federal Security Service. The device can detect an object even behind a concrete wall. "This is a very important feature," Medvedev noted.

Another security device shown to the prime minister will scan passengers in airports without them having to remove any outerwear, shoes or belts.

"This is very useful. Is it in production?" Medvedev asked, and added that it was very important that passengers go through security without any humiliating procedures. The prime minister was informed that the units had already been installed at Tolmachyovo airport in Novosibirsk.

During the presentation, the prime minister inquired whether young scientists had any housing issues. Alexander Aseyev replied that as many as 259 flats had been provided to the staff of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences thanks to Dmitry Medvedev's initiative in 2011.