No More Tata Non Grata
by Judy Jackson
Earlier this month, Physicist Naba Mondal, of India's Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, joined DZero colleague and Fermilab physicist Tom Diehl in commissioning activities for the detector's central muon ýcosmic capţ scintillation counters. For 18 months, Tata scientists, who built the scintillation counters, were unable to install and test their half-million-dollar instrumentation system at Fermilab because of diplomatic sanctions levied against Indian scientific institutions in the wake of India's 1998 nuclear weapons tests. In December, 1999, the U.S. Department of Commerce removed Tata Institute from the list of banned scientific institutions, in a move described as "a consensus decision by the Administration to more tightly focus the sanctions on those Indian entities most directly involved" in the weapons activities. More of Mondal's Tata colleagues will return to DZero this summer. Welcome back, Tata!
|last modified 4/28/2000 email Fermilab|