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Director RIKEN SPring-8 Center

Tetsuya Ishikawa
Research facilities where quite new light of X-ray free electron laser (XFEL) is invented are constructed next to large-scale synchrotron radiation facilities SPring-8 in the Harima science park city. It becomes possible the laser light beam in X-ray region that is one billion times brighter than SPring-8 XFEL, and to observe the shape of a difficult material easily at an atomic level so far. In addition, those movements at the moment (1/10,000,000,000,000 seconds) can be observed, and the research and development of a new medicine and the material with various working is expected. XFEL facilities are straight facilities of about 700m though SPring-8 is a circle of about 1.5km in surroundings, and it aims at the completion in 2010 fiscal year, and independent administrative agency RIKEN Research is advancing development and construction in cooperation with foundation Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute. The XFEL plan is recognized to one of the national key technologies by the government, and after it completes it, used as a university and common facilities such as the enterprises as well as SPring-8. It wants to acquire an excellent result in a wide field such as life science and nanotechnology by offering many people ultimate light named XFEL, and to contribute to the society through the science and technology research.