Synchrotron Radiation Center
Synchrotron Radiation Center was established in 1996, the second year after the College of Science and Engineering was relocated to the Biwako-Kusatsu Campus. The Center aims to "introduce state-of-the-art facilities that will be the highlight of the new campus." Accordingly, the University purchased a Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. synchrotron radiation accelerator that uses as its light source a compact superconducting electron accumulation ring called AURORA. At the time of the Center's founding, there were a photon factory and a UVSOR served as nationwide joint-use research facilities, but the SPring-8 was not yet complete. Accordingly, it was the first of such facilities in Japan to be part of a university. A number of synchrotron radiation facilities were subsequently built, but the Center remains the only one at a private university. The Center reached its twentieth anniversary in 2015.