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.
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).
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.
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.