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Agreement gives access to Japanese synchrotron

A memorandum of understanding signed between the Australian Collaboration for Accelerator Science (ACAS) and the Japanese SPring-8 Centre will give Australian scientists access to one of the world’s most powerful synchrotrons.

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) signed the agreement on behalf of ACAS on 2 September. It will benefit ANSTO’s ACAS partners, Melbourne University, the Australian National University and the Australian Synchrotron.

Australian scientists will be able to explore the sub-microscopic world using electron beams travelling at just below the speed of light, and will have access to a suite of other scientific facilities based in Japan.

In return, Japanese scientists will have the opportunity to access facilities attached to Australia’s OPAL research reactor.

SPring-8 is owned by the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, Japan’s flagship institution for basic and applied research.

It is a major facility that includes the synchrotron, a linear accelerator, storage ring, beam lines and attached facilities.