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Osaka University signs agreement with RIKEN SPring-8 Center to form a linkage in synchrotron radiation research


On November 21, 2019, in order to hasten R&D through use of research facilities at both institutes, develop human resources in the field of synchrotron radiation, and further revitalize science and technology in Japan, Osaka University and RIKEN SPring-8 Center signed a cooperative research agreement intended to develop research linkage in synchrotron radiation.

Moving forward, in order to accelerate R&D at both partners, systems will be implemented to achieve more efficient use of beamlines and beam time at both institutes and facilities and measures will be taken for OU graduate students to broaden their perspective through research at RIKEN-operated SPring-8.

There are already three dedicated beamlines at SPring-8 for Osaka University research institutes: two for the Research Center for Nuclear Physics and one for the Protein Research. This agreement will further develop new interdisciplinary research and acquire new users.

Using SPring-8 as a training site for the Multidisciplinary PhD Program for Pioneering Quantum Beam Application adopted (by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) in the 2019-2020 academic year will foster leaders who can create new value using accelerators.

The university has deepened cooperation with RIKEN in various fields in the past. With the expansion of joint research projects under this agreement, both parties will further improve their research abilities.

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