RIKEN-RAL Muon Facility Milestones

Tuesday 15 September 2015

Celebrating the milestones of the RIKEN-RAL Muon Facility.

Celebrating the milestones of the RIKEN-RAL Muon Facility. About to cut the cake are Philip King (ISIS and Director, RIKEN-RAL Muon Facility), Robert McGreevy (Director, ISIS), Isao Watanabe (Senior Scientist, RIKEN), Ken Nagamine (one of the RIKEN-RAL Muon Facility founders), Eiko Torikai (Yamanashi University) and Katsu Ishida (Senior Scientist, RIKEN).
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The RIKEN-RAL Muon Facility has just celebrated 20 years of operations, and 25 years since the first agreement was signed with RIKEN to construct and operate the facility. Staff from ISIS, from RIKEN and from elsewhere gathered to mark these events at ISIS on Friday 11 September 2015.

The RIKEN-RAL Muon Facility is one of ISIS’ largest and longest-standing international science collaborations.  The Facility, based in the ISIS first target station hall, is owned and operated by RIKEN, Japan, for fundamental and applied studies using muons. 

The first agreement for the facility was signed in 1990. The facility produced first muons in 1994, and was then officially inaugurated in April 1995.  Since then it has produced over 400 papers, had researchers from over 70 Japanese institutions come to use it, and stimulated collaborations with a further 35 institutions around the world including agreements between RIKEN and universities in Indonesia, Malaysia and Korea.

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