About the Advanced Accelerator


An Affluent Future with Advanced Accelerator Science & Technology

An accelerator is a device that creates a state of ultra-high energy by accelerating tiny particles (invisible to human eyes) to nearly the speed of light. An "Advanced accelerator" excels in developing its performance and capacity to the maximum extent with the latest technologies available today.

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Creating New Drugs

We can study protein structures by utilizing synchrotron radiation technologies. The scientific elucidation of their structures can lead us to epochal drug discoveries.


Examining Inner Conditions

X-rays and neutron beams allow us to investigate the conditions of cracks inside walls and pipes, or the inner structure of an engine in operation (non-destructive testing (NDT)).


Protecting Our Lives

Accelerators manufacture diagnostic medicines for positron emission tomography (PET) technologies. X-rays or particle beams emitted from accelerators are also used in the field of cancer treatments.


Discovering Scientific Facts

Today, we believe that particles will be discovered when ultra-high energy collisions occur among protons or between electrons and positrons. We are expecting to reveal remarkable scientific discoveries by studying those yet -to -be -discovered particles.


Energy: Effective Use of Light Energy

The photosynthetic reaction centers of leaves are critical during the first stage of photosynthesis. Those proteins absorb light in a flash of 100 femtoseconds (10-13 of a second), then convert the light energy into chemical energy.
Photographing (or burst shooting) the reaction with ultrashort pulses of next generation X-rays (XFEL/ERL) at ultra-high speed will enable us to reveal the detailed mechanism of the photosynthetic reaction center complex proteins and develop highly effective solar energy systems.


Environment: Reduce the Isolation Period for Radioactive Substances

Some radioactive waste lasts for tens of thousands of years. An accelerator-driven system (ADS), a reactor coupled with a particle accelerator to produce spallation neutrons, enables us to reduce the time for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste from tens of thousands of years to hundreds of years by bombering neutrons onto long-lived radionuclides to transmute them into short-lived radionuclides.


New Materials and Biotechnology

Particles produced by accelerators are used to alter the properties of materials. The technology has been applied to develop new materials and methods for selective breeding in industrial and agricultural fields. For instance, plant mutations can be generated by exposure to heavy ionizing beams extracted from an accelerator. Accelerator-driven genetic mutation provides a higher DNA mutation rate and offers less time to implement selective plant breeding.


Basic Science: Recreating the Initial State of the Big Bang

Today, we believe that the Universe was born from a huge explosion called the Big Bang. Advanced accelerators can provide particles with ultra-high energy that is much higher than ever before, enabling us to reproduce the initial state of the Universe approximately 10-12 of a second after the Big Bang. Reproducing and observing the state of the Big Bang will allow us to unlock some of the deepest mysteries of mankind: how the matter in the Universe was created and how nature's laws have developed over 13.7 billion years.