RI Research Instruments GmbH (RI), a majority-owned subsidiary of Bruker Energy & Supercon Technologies (BEST), Inc., today announced the award of a contract with the South Korea-based Pohang Accelerator Laboratory (PAL) for the supply of a 500 MHz superconducting accelerator module, as well as the award of another contract with the Diamond Light Source (DLS) in Great Britain for a similar 500 MHz superconducting accelerator module. The value of both contracts together is approximately $5.2 million.
The PAL contract represents the third module ordered by this customer. In March 2010, RI received a contract for the supply of two superconducting accelerator modules, which are now being prepared for delivery to PAL. All three accelerator modules are important for the upgrade of PAL’s third generation synchrotron light source, the Pohang Light Source (PLS). The PLS is operated as a national user facility designed to provide synchrotron radiation with continuous wavelengths down to 1 micrometer, owned and operated by PAL and the Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH ) on behalf of the Korean government. The PLS, which has been operated for 15 years with non-superconducting, radio-frequency accelerating systems, will be upgraded by 2012/2013 to produce synchrotron radiation with 100 times higher brightness.
DLS is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire. By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, DLS generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays. DLS operates three such accelerator modules purchased previously from RI’s predecessor. Those modules are used to accelerate the beams at DLS to 3 GeV. The newly contracted fourth module will initially serve as a spare module.
Both contracts cover the engineering, manufacturing, integration, testing, delivery and installation of these 500 MHz superconducting accelerator modules.
Hanspeter Vogel, Managing Director of RI Research Instruments, explained: “Including these two awards, RI has now been contracted for 16 such accelerator modules within the past 15 years for light sources and storage rings in Taiwan, Canada, USA, Great Britain, China and South Korea. Based on the design originally developed by Cornell University, RI refined the technology to industrial standards and is well positioned for future applications of this technology in synchrotron light sources and other accelerator projects using superconducting radio-frequency (srf) technology.”
About RI Research Instruments and Bruker Energy & Supercon Technologies, Inc.:
RI Research Instruments GmbH is a world leader in the development and manufacturing of normal and superconducting rf cavities and systems, linear accelerators, as well as special products for physics and energy research, scientific, medical and industrial applications. RI products also include high-performance electron and ion sources, particle beamlines and diagnostics, research reactor subunits as well as vacuum and cryogenic systems. BEST has operations in the US, the UK and Germany, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bruker Corporation (NASDAQ: BRKR).