RIKEN SPring-8 Center
XFEL Research and Development Division
Division Director: Hitoshi Tanaka (D.Eng.)
The X-ray Free Electron Laser Facility, SACLA (SPring-8 Angstrom Compact free electron LAser), which is one of the key technologies of national importance, was completed in FY2010. Towards user operation in FY2011, key systems for beam tuning and experiments are under development. RIKEN formed the division in order to realize speedy start-up of user operation, flexible use of XFEL over various scientific fields, and improvement of XFEL performance. This division is composed of three groups, i.e., accelerator R&D, beam line R&D, and safety design ones to conduct synergetic and efficient R&D on XFEL performance improvement and innovative XFEL applications.