24 March 2006
(Left to right) Professor Gerhard Materlik, Chief Executive of Diamond Light Source, Dr Akira Kira, Director General of JASRI, and Dr Hiroyoshi
Scientific links between Diamond Light Source Ltd, the UK's next generation synchrotron facility, the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI), and the RIKEN Harima Institute will be strengthened today when these three partners sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on collaborative research.
The signing will be undertaken by Professor Gerhard Materlik, Chief Executive of Diamond Light Source Ltd, Dr Akira Kira, Director General of JASRI and Dr Hiroyoshi Suematsu, Director RIKEN Harima Institute.
Professor Materlik comments, "Synchrotron science has developed rapidly in the last 20 years thanks to a very open, collaborative spirit among the community. As Diamond approaches its launch in early 2007, it is a very positive move for us to be able to sign this MoU with JASRI and RIKEN. It will enable us to combine expertise to accomplish significant scientific goals, develop common specialized knowledge and effective use of facilities and increase cooperation and mutual support between the three organisations. The aim for all three institutes is to give the best integrated service to users in our own countries and the international community of scientists."
Dr Akira Kira, Director General of JASRI, comments, "SPring-8 is the world’s largest synchrotron light facility and has been operating since 1997. We are delighted to be able to share our knowledge with Diamond, one of the newest synchrotrons in the world. By strengthening the international collaboration with the highly skilled team that Professor Materlik is gathering together at Diamond in the UK, we aim to build on the achievements of the past 20 years, which the UK has seen at the forefront of SR developments and genome science."
Dr Hiroyoshi Suematsu, Director RIKEN Harima Institute, adds, "This MoU should lead to collaborations that result in effective use of our facilities and research. We will also be developing strategic links for life science and materials science, where many enhancing discoveries are waiting to be made."
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Notes for Editors - Diamond
Notes for Editors - Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute & RIKEN Harima Institute
SPring-8, the world's most powerful synchrotron radiation facility constructed in Japan, has been stably operated and jointly managed by Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute and RIKEN Harima Institute. The 8 GeV storage ring with a circumference of 1436 m has 62 beamports and provides synchrotron radiation ranging from hard X-ray region (300 keV) to VUV (300 eV) with the world-highest brilliance. With 48 beamlines now operational, the numbers of users and accepted proposals per year amount to about ten thousands and 15 hundreds, respectively.
Synchrotron radiation available at SPring-8 has been applied to advanced fields of science including industrial applications as follows:
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