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[Daedeoknet]Korea-U.S. Collaboration Center for Accelerator Science Opens at Fermilab



On August 27, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the Rare Isotope Science Project (RISP) of Institute for Basic Science (IBS) have opened the Korea-U.S. Collaboration Center for Accelerator Science (KUCC) at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois.

The KUCC’s opening has provided crucial momentum for IBS/RISP to carry out one of its biggest projects in earnest: building a rare isotope accelerator in Korea by 2017. The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, known as Fermilab, is one of the world’s major accelerator research centers. It has built and operated “TEVATRON” which was known to be the world’s largest particle accelerator until few years ago.


Fermilab is currently working on Project X to develop a high-intensity superconducting proton accelerator that would support experiments in neutrino and rare processes physics. Fermilab is one of the best partners for collaboration in developing a superconducting radio frequency cavity which is the most critical components of the accelerator.   


The newly opened KUCC will serve as a base for IBS/RISP to collaborate with the world’s leading accelerator laboratories in North America in building a heavy ion accelerator, as well as promoting technology/personnel exchanges.


To this end, IBS plans to dispatch roughly 10 master’s or doctoral-level researchers every year to the US accelerator laboratories in an effort to secure specialized manpower necessary for the development of the heavy ion accelerator in International Science & Business Belt (ISBB).


Meanwhile, the KUCC’s opening is a follow-up of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) concluded between IBS and Fermilab last June. The opening is significant in that it represents the first major fruit reaped in bilateral cooperation in the accelerator area between Korea and the U.S. since the Department of Energy of the United States and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Korea signed arrangement for collaboration in the area of high energy and nuclear physics research.


The inauguration ceremony of the KUCC was attended by Yul-rae Cho, second Vice Minister of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology; Dr. Sun-kee Kim, Director of Rare Isotope Science Project; Dr. Pier Oddone, Director of Fermilab; and Dr. Young-kee Kim, Deputy Director of Fermilab.


(RISP Information & Collaboration team)

Participants of the inauguration ceremony of the Korea-U.S. Collaboration Center for Accelerator Science (KUCC) discuss ways to promote bilateral collaboration.

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