IGCAR is one of premier nuclear research centres in India and 2nd largest establishment of the Department of Atomic Energy next to Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). It was established in 1971, aim to conducting broad multidisciplinary scientific research and advanced Engineering for the development of sodium cooled Fast Breeder Reactor [FBR] technology in India. Earlier it was called as Reactor Research Centre (RRC) formerly it was renamed as Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) by the then Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi in December 1985. It is a part of the second stage of Indian Atomic Energy Programme, which aimed at preparing the country for utilization of the extensive Thorium reserves and providing means to meet the large demands of electrical energy in 21st century. IGCAR is applicable in the field of Atomic Energy, Material Physics, Nano-Sciences, Electronics and Instrumentation, Reactor Engineering, Metallurgy. In the beginning they construct a sodium cooled Fast Breeder Test Reactor [FBTR], with a nominal power of 40 Mwt, based on the French Reactor – RAPSODIE but it has attained maximum power level of 10.5 MWt with a small core. It is the first of its kind in the world to use Plutonium Uranium mixed carbide as a driver fuel. Later they have established the R & D facilities covering the entire spectrum of FBR technology related to Sodium Technology, Reactor Engineering, Reactor Physics, Metallurgy and Materials, Chemistry of Fuels and its materials, Fuel Reprocessing, Reactor Safety, Control and Instrumentation, Computer Applications etc. After the FBTR the centre begin the design and construction of 500 MWe i.e., Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor [PFBR]. They also constructed the 30 KWt, U233 fuelled mini reactor [KAMINI] has been made operational for neutron radiography, neutron activation analysis. The Kalpakkam Atomic Reprocessing Plant [KARP] facility has been estimated to have a capacity to reprocess 100 tonnes of plutonium per annum. This plant will provide the needs of reprocessing fuels from MAPS as well as FBTR. It has mastered the technology of reprocessing highly irradiated mixed carbide fuel for the first time in the world. IGCAR facilities to other vital sectors as Defence, Space and other industries of India to develop techniques for reliable solutions to specialized problems. It has collaborations with R & D institutes like Indian Institutes of Technology, Indian Institute of Science, Pilani, Regional Engineering Colleges, National Research Laboratories, Public Units and Institutes abroad. It is having different groups in the centre for research 1. Chemistry Group 2. Electronics, Instrumentation & Radiological Safety Group 3. Engineering Services Group 4. Metallurgy & Materials Group 5. Materials Science Group 6. Fast Reactor Technology Group 7. Reactor Design Group 8. Reactor Operation & Maintenance Group 9. Reprocessing Group
The following is the list of proceedings by scholars from Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research that are published in OMICS International journals and conferences.