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IBS hosted the First RAON Users Workshop (April 3)

- The dream of becoming a basic science leader with RAON is painted together with the world.


The First RAON Users Workshop hosted by the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) opened today. It is held from April 3 to 5 at the IBS headquarters in Daejeon.


The workshop was held with a view of sharing the current state of RAON(Rare Isotope Science Project) construction, which is set to operate from the end of 2021, with the international science community and of preparing global research agenda using RAON.


RAON is one of the best heavy ion particle accelerators in the world that is being constructed in Korea for the first time. It is a large-scale research facility that can be used for various projects ranging from space research to new material invention to cancer treatment.


Main participants include Rare Isotope Science Project, Raon Users Association (headed by Professor Chang Beom Moon of Hoseo University), nuclear physics researchers and experts from research institutes.


Foreign participants include Maria Borge, former leader of ISOLDE* of CERN (Conseil Européene pour la Recherche Nucléaire), Bill Lynch, professor of physics and astronomy at the Michigan State University and a member of FRIB Users Organization, Toshitaka Kajino, professor of Tokyo University and of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japaan.


* ISOLDE : Isotope Separator On Line DEvice

** FRIB : Facility for Rare Isotope Beams


At this workshop, participants will share global research cases and information on heavy ion particle accelerators and discuss creative research topics that can best utilize the benefits of RAON heavy ion particle accelerators.


To be more specific, the topics include studies on nucleons, which play crucial role in understanding the principle of element formation of the natural world and the universe (drip line research), on nuclear reaction occurring in novae and supernovae during the formation of the universe, and on development of cancer treatment technology using dose rate heavy ion particle accelerators.


In particular, there is a meaningful session where experts from home and abroad discussed research topics and methods in preparation for the Day 1 Experiment of RAON heavy ion particle accelerator, which will become a historic moment for Korea’s scientific community.


Thirty researchers in their master’s and postdoctoral course will elaborate on the state of the joint research with Europe’s CERN (discovered Higgs boson in 2012) and Japans’ RIKEN (3 Nobel Laureates in Physics and Chemistry) during the Poster Session and discuss measures to come up with more specific research goals in the future.


Research goals discussed will be jointly planned by renowned foreign research institutes, and the experiments will start from 2021, when RAON construction is scheduled to be completed.


Ten members from seven countries (US, France, Japan, etc.) participated in the Science Program Advisory Committee of the International Advisory Committee(IAC) for RAON, which was held prior to this workshop on April 1 and 2.


They reviewed the construction process of RAON experiment equipment, △developed a scenario for experiment equipment management, and provided advice on the selection of RAON-using research projects. Their contribution will be used for accelerating the development of RAON-using equipment.


Hyun Joon Kwon, head of the International Science Business Belt Committee of the MSIT participated in the workshop and said, “This workshop will play an important role in paving the way for carrying out top-notch basic research together with the operation of RAON.”


He added, “I hope Korea becomes a leader in basic science by strengthening our research capabilities through a close cooperation with the international scientific community in RAON research.”

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