Department of Accelerator Science provides education in theoretical and experimental aspects of particle accelerators.
Historically, particle accelerators were developed for research into atomic nuclei and elementary particles. Particle accelerators have since become a key technology of many areas of modern research with applications in the fields of medicine, cancer therapy and medical diagnosis as well as in basic sciences such as life science and materials science.
The High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) is a laboratory for multidisciplinary accelerator science. Using the most advanced particle accelerators, advanced research is conducted on the development of high energy accelerators together with basic research into elementary particle physics, synchrotron radiation science and neutron physics.
Two experiments which have drawn worldwide attention, the Belle CP-violation experiment at the B-Factory
and the K2K neutrino oscillation experiment
at the Proton Synchrotron, started in 1999. The construction of a very high intensity proton accelerator (J-PARC
) in Tokai, as a joint project of KEK and JAEA
, began in 2002. B-Factory achieved a world record of luminosity and experimentally verified the Kobayashi-Maskawa theory, contributing to the 2008 Nobel Prize in physics. B-Factory is now in the final stage of forty-times luminosity-upgrade (SuperKEKB) so that the first beam commissioning will be started soon. J-PARC has been commissioned and is in rapid progress for increasing its beam power as to provide intense beams for users. In addition, a vigorous program of research and development is proceeding towards the realization of the Linear Collider project
, which could form a foundation for the next stage of particle physics in this country.
For the realization of new cutting-edge accelerators, new challenges must be met in accelerator theory
and in basic fields such as microwave and vacuum technologies
, computer science
, radiation science
and others. Furthermore there are many challenging fields in accelerator research, such as applications of superconductivity to realize the high performance of magnets and accelerating microwave cavities.
Accelerator science is based on the engineering technology of a variety of fields, rendering cooperation between industry and academia very important. The Department of Accelerator Science provides training of advanced-level professionals as well as training of research successors in the field of accelerator science.