Vacuum science and technology has widespread use and there is a lot of scope for taking up research in this area, Director of Beam Technology in the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai L.M. Gantayet said here on Wednesday.

He wanted researchers to focus also on the material being used in the technological applications, while inaugurating a three-day course on ‘Vacuum science, technology and applications’ being organised jointly by the Vacuum Society of India and the GITAM Institute of Science. “Non-metallic material are being used in India (in this field) but polymeric materials could also be used. There is a lot of scope for research here,” he said.

Vacuum science and technology has numerous applications in the industries and many other areas, but it has to be made cheaper in the Indian conditions and make it more accessible, he felt and suggested that the GITAM University and other institutions could take up research.

Mr. Gantayet also assured that there was no need to have any apprehensions about nuclear energy . Responding to a request from Vice-Chancellor of GITAM University G. Subramanyam seeking BARC’s help to start an M.Tech. course in nuclear energy and generation, Mr. Gantayet said the Department of Atomic Energy has no such programmes but would help universities in research activities.

Vacuum science and technology has applications in energy, biomedical, education and many other areas, Regional Director of BARC Visakhapatnam Facility P. Lahiri said. Vacuum led to important developments in atomic energy field, he said. President of Indian Vacuum Society said this was the 50 course being conducted by IVS. Secretary T.K Saha said the course would provide first hand knowledge of vacuum technology to the participants.