Overview of JASRI

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Overview of JASRI

JASRI(Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute)is a public interest incorporated foundation in charge of the operation, maintenance, management, and provision of support for users of the SPring-8 synchrotron radiation facility, as well as the provision of support for users of the X-ray free electron laser SACLA. JASRI is a highly professional, advanced, interdisciplinary, and international institute.

Professional
JASRI provides services that require a high level of professionalism including the maintenance, management, and performance improvement of the high-performance and reliable accelerator system and the development of experiment systems dedicated to highly precise synchrotron radiation measurements. Almost all research staff members have completed a degree.

Advanced
With its cutting edge experimental technology, JASRI not only supports but also promotes the operation of the world’s most advanced experimental facilities, SPring-8/SACLA, and the research activities carried out at these facilities.

Interdisciplinary
The experiments carried out at SPring-8/SACLA cover almost all research areas from physics and chemistry, to biology. Staff members specializing in each area cooperate with each other to provide user support.

International
Nearly 10% of the users of SPring-8/SACLA are from abroad. JASRI also has concluded research cooperation agreements with a number of synchrotron radiation facilities overseas to promote technology exchanges.

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Overview of JASRI

JASRI was established in 1990 to promote the use of the synchrotron radiation facility with the world’s highest performance, to innovate science and technology, and to promote industry, thus contributing to sustainable development and improved welfare of humans. Hyogo Prefecture, 96 companies, and one organization (at that time) donated a total of approximately 6.6 billion yen to establish this institute, among which the basic fund was set at 6 billion yen.

Role of JASRI

In October 1997, the SPring-8 synchrotron radiation facility started its operation for public use, opening its doors to a wide variety of researchers from Japan and abroad. Since then, a great number of synchrotron radiation research projects have been carried out at SPring-8.

Also, in March 2012, the X-ray free electron laser SACLA started its operation for public use by various researchers from Japan and abroad.

JASRI is responsible for the operation, maintenance, and management of SPring-8, provides synchrotron radiation to users, and carries out experimental research for promoting synchrotron radiation research. Also, as the Registered Institution for Facilities Use Promotion based on the Act on the Promotion of Public Utilization of the Specific Advanced Large Research Facilities, it provides various services aimed at promoting the public use of SPring-8/SACLA. In terms of the operating structure of SPring-8, JASRI is commissioned by RIKEN to operate SPring-8 through an open competitive bidding process. Also, as the Registered Institution for Facilities Use Promotion, it provides user selection and user support services subsidized by the government.

History

  • Dec. 1, 1990Established
  • Oct. 1994The Act for the Promotion of Public Utilization of the Specific Synchrotron Radiation Facilities (Act No. 78 of 1994) went into effect. JASRI was assigned as the Organization for the Promotion of Synchrotron Radiation Research.
  • Oct. 1997SPring-8 started its operation for public use.
  • July 2006The Act on the Promotion of Public Utilization of Specific Advanced Large Research Facilities [revised version of the Act for the Promotion of Public Utilization of Specific Synchrotron Radiation Facilities (Act No. 78 of 1994)] went into effect.
  • Mar. 2007JASRI was assigned as the Registered Institution for Facilities Use Promotion that provides services aimed at promoting the use of SPring-8.
  • Mar. 2011JASRI was assigned as the Registered Institution for Facilities Use Promotion that provides services aimed at promoting the use of specific synchrotron radiation facilities (SPring-8/SACLA).
  • Mar. 2012SACLA started its operation for public use.
  • Apr. 1, 2012JASRI became a public interest incorporated foundation.

Committees

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