By Diana Lin
TAIPEI, Taiwan — President Ma Ying-jeou inaugurated the Taiwan Photon Source (TPS) of the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center (NSRRC), yesterday.
The successful commissioning of the TPS, a synchrotron accelerator, to generate an electron beam of 3 billion electron volts (gigaelectronvolt, GeV) circulating within the accelerator storage ring on the 2015 New Year’s Eve will forever change the course of scientific research in Taiwan in the coming years. More than 100 invited guests, led by President Ma, including official delegations from the Executive Yuan, the Legislative Yuan and central and local government agencies, leaders in the academic community and research institutes, and members of the NSRRC Board of Trustees (BOT) as well as NSRRC user groups have participated in this exciting event.
Among the government officials, legislator Lu Hsueh-chang, Acting Minister Lin Yi-bing of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Hsinchu County Magistrate Chiu Ching-chun, Director General Tu Chi-hsiang of the Science Park Bureau-Hsinchu Science Park and Director Si’alei van Toor of the New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office, and over two dozen distinguished scholars from universities and national laboratories, including Vice President Wang Yu and Vice President Chen Chien-jen (former Minister of the MOST) of Academia Sinica, former Minister Lou-Chuang Lee of MOST, were welcome by Chen Lih-juann, Mou Chung-yuan and Peng Shie-ming of the NSRRC BOT to the newly completed building of the NSRRC second accelerator where the ceremony took place.
Acting Minister Lin Yi-bing first welcomed all invited guests on behalf of the NSRRC and began his speech by indicating, ��The successful realization of placing Taiwan among the leading countries in synchrotron-based technology and research is owing to the initialization, invaluable contribution and lasting support of overseas researchers in 1980s.��
Immediately afterward, a brief overview of the NSRRC facility was presented by the NSRRC Director, Shangjr Gwo, who expressed gratitude for the government’s commitment to investing in technology and education, ��With the addition of the TPS, the largest experimental facility for multi-discipline cutting-edge research in Taiwan, the NSRRC becomes one of the world’s brightest synchrotron X-ray providers that will create new scientific research opportunities, enhance Taiwan’s academic competitiveness, and assist the high-tech industries in improving their R&D capability.�� President Ma applauded the TPS team during the opening ceremony. ��The TPS is a marvel of modern technology, which would not have been possible without the dedication of the TPS team who designed and constructed the advanced accelerator. In addition, the continuous support from members of the Legislative Yuan and the Executive Yuan, and advice from experts and advisers in Taiwan and abroad have contributed to the success of the project,�� President Ma addressed. ��Now, due to the accessibility of the TPS facility for students and researchers in Taiwan, the demand of training and shaping the younger generation to become highly innovative and creative in research and development can be met.��