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6 Advanced Science Research

Advanced Basic Research Making Pathways to the Future

Fig.6-1 Four research fields and collaborations in Advanced Science Research Center
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Fig.6-1 Four research fields and collaborations in Advanced Science Research Center


In the Advanced Science Research Center, new frontier research of nuclear energy and ionizing radiation which is expected to bear fruit in the future is conducted to discover new principles and phenomena, and furthermore to create new materials and technologies. In order to achieve these aims, we have four basic policies; (1) to pursue research for which the high level research capability (researchers and facilities) in JAEA is effectively used and which is difficult to do in other research organizations, (2) to achieve results before the rest of the world does, (3) to nurture a new basic research area until it becomes fruitful, (4) to explain and apply the research, thus fulfilling our responsibility to society, in conformity with the Third Science and Technology Basic Plan.

The following research is being pursued: nuclear physics and nuclear chemistry of superheavy elements including elucidation of their nuclear shell structure, reaction dynamics and electrochemistry using heavy-ion beams of accelerators; synthesis of uranium and transuranium compounds, and measurement of their macroscopic quantities and electronic structure, clarification of magnetic structure, magnetic excitation, and the mechanism of superconductivity using NMR, μSR, neutron scattering, and theoretical methods; search for novel materials using mega-gravitation and nano-particle deposition, topmost surface studies using high-intensity coherent positron beams; elucidation of the interaction between molecules in supramolecular systems as a biological model by neutron scattering and X-ray spectroscopy, and studying fundamental physico-chemical processes in the interactions of ionizing radiation and heavy elements with living cells and substances (Fig.6-1).

In order to promote this research, we are collaborating with other research sections in JAEA, and several international collaborations are ongoing. In addition, we take on new research subjects based on public suggestions within the framework of the Reimei Research Promotion project of JAEA.


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