The RIKEN-RAL Muon Facility is one of ISIS’ largest and longest-standing international science collaborations. The facility, based in ISIS TS1, was owned and operated by RIKEN, Japan, for fundamental and applied studies using muons for many years. In 2018, ownership and operations passed to ISIS, and ISIS and RIKEN are collaborating on a significant refurbishment of the facility as well as Japanese and UK users continuing partnerships in research.
The first agreement for the facility was signed in September 1990. The facility produced first muons in 1994, and was then officially inaugurated in April 1995. Since then it has produced over 500 papers, had researchers from over 90 Japanese institutions come to use it, and stimulated collaborations with a further 40 institutions around the world including agreements between RIKEN and universities in Indonesia, Malaysia and Korea.
As it is 30 years since the partnership began, and there are 30 days in September, we're releasing one video message of congratulations and one highlight each day during September 2020.