Union Government to build India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) at Pottipuram in Theni District, Tamil Nadu

Last Updated: July 18, 2019

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Union Government to build India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) at Pottipuram in Theni District, Tamil Nadu
18 July 2019 Current Affairs: Union Minister of State (MoS) (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh informed that the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) to set up at Pottipuram in Theni District, Tamil Nadu. 
Aim
The main aim of the project is to set up a 51000 ton Iron Calorimeter (ICAL) detector 
The detector is placed to observe naturally occurring atmospheric neutrinos at the end of an approximately 2 km long tunnel in a mountain.
It is the first neutrino detector in India.
This will decrease the noise from cosmic rays that is ever-present over-ground and will outnumber the rare neutrino interactions even in a detector as large as ICAL.
It will measure cosmic rays and neither release any radiation nor radioactive substance.

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