H. K. Singh, Ambassador of India to Japan (right), and O. Shimomura, Director of Institute of Materials Structure Science in KEK (left), exchanged the MoU at the signing ceremony.
On October 22, 2008, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) and Department of Science and Technology, India (DST) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the two parties in order to further strengthen the cooperation between the two countries. Setting up an Indian beam line in the Photon Factory in KEK is included in this MoU.
Beam line 18B is to be used by Indian researchers. DST sets up X-ray diffractometers and 2-dimention-detectors for on structure analysis of nano-materials, solid and liquid surfaces or thin films etc. Other users can use these equipments and the beam line up to 50% of available user beam time after their commissioning is over. Research probes, such as studying the X-ray reflectivity and diffuse scattering from solid and liquid interfaces, on-line growth and structural characterization of thin films and nanostructures using ultra-high vacuum system are included.
This idea was proposed in March, 2007 in the India-Japan Science Council meeting held by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). After the discussions between KEK and DST, a Letter of Intent (LoI) was signed on July 2007. This LOI was welcomed by the Prime Ministers of both countries in the joint statement made in August 2007, when former Japanese Prime Minister Abe visited India. After detailed technical discussions and formal procedures, KEK and DST signed the MoU during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Dr. Singh.
Besides this India DST beam line, an Australian beam line has been in PF since 1992. PF has been contributing to the international use of synchrotron radiation.
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