Ananya Dutta

KOLKATA: A dedicated beam line for Indian researchers at the Photon factory, a synchrotron, at the High Energy Accelerator Research Organisation (KEK) in Japan has become operational, according to authorities of the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP), the nodal institute for the project.

They told The Hindu here that the facility is available to Indian researchers as a result of an agreement signed between the Prime Ministers of the two countries in 2007 and the project is being conducted under the auspices of the Central Department of Science & Technology.

Full capacity next year

“The facility has been set up this month and scientists from several institutes across the country are currently in Japan to conduct their experiments. It will function at full capacity a year from now,” said Prof Milan K. Sanyal, Director of SINP.

Currently researchers can apply for beam time at the Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology in Indore but the access to the synchrotron at KEK will increase the number of students who can avail of the facility, he added.