From 10 to 30 October 2020, the Exhibition Hall of the Mir Culture Centre will host the photography exhibition “Baikal. Neutrino Hunters” devoted to the 65th anniversary of JINR. The photographer Bair Shaybonov is a regular member of Baikal expeditions, senior researcher at the Dzhelepov Laboratory of Nuclear Problems of JINR. The exhibition is open daily from 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm. The entry is free.
The unique astrophysical facility, the Baikal Neutrino Telescope, the largest in the Northern Hemisphere, is being constructed at Lake Baikal. The objectives are really ambitious. Using neutrinos, scientists seek to delve into the past of our Universe, several billions of years back, into one of the hottest periods, the epoch of active galaxy formation.
The Baikal Neutrino Telescope is being constructed by concerted efforts of the international collaboration with a leading role of the Institute for Nuclear Research of RAS (Moscow), an initiator of this experiment and the neutrino astronomy direction worldwide, and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna). A total of 70 scientists and engineers from ten scientific centres of Russia, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are involved in this project.
In the photo exhibition, you will learn how the Baikal facility is deployed, what conditions scientists work in during the expedition, what an optical module is like. And of course, you will enjoy amazing photographs of the most beautiful lake in the world.
The photographer Bair Shaybonov is a regular member of Baikal expeditions, senior researcher at the Dzhelepov Laboratory of Nuclear Problems of JINR, Candidate of Physics and Mathematics.
Bair was born in Irkutsk in 1980. In 2003, he graduated from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute. As a student, he learned that a large scientific experiment was being conducted in his home region, and decided to engage himself in it. He completed his postgraduate studies at the Institute for Nuclear Research of RAS on the Baikal experiment topics. His professional activities are inseparably intertwined with this neutrino experiment. He coordinates its data processing and analysis.
Baikal nature fascinated Bair so much that he started to take pictures. His photographs were published in educational journals and presented at large scientific conferences as illustrations to the Baikal neutrino experiment. In his spare time, he likes playing chess, football and table tennis. He is married and has two daughters.