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As part of advanced light source, synchrotron radiation has become an important tool for use in diverse research fields such as physics, chemistry, biology, materials science, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, energy resources, mechanical engineering, and electronics. Over seventy synchrotron radiation facilities have been constructed worldwide with applications in scientific research and industrial R&D.

NSRRC's mission is to operate a cutting-edge synchrotron radiation facility for pioneering scientific research. The light source at NSRRC was designed and constructed domestically and became operational in October of 1993. In April 1994, its beamlines were opened for service to researchers in diverse basic and applied fields. In recent years, many new research instruments have been added to the light source, turning the center into a world-class facility with state-of-the-art research capabilities in the vacuum-ultraviolet and soft X-ray energy regions. In 1998, additionally two hard X-ray beamlines were constructed at SPring-8 light source in Japan to provide researchers from Taiwan access to hard X-rays.

In order to satisfy the demands of our users who require the use of the super high X-rays light source to facilitate their front-edge scientific experiments, NSRRC and the academic and scientific communities have conducted numerous discussions and assessments in recent years for the construction of a new synchrotron light source facility. During the board meeting held on July 2004, it has been decided to bring up the proposal of 『Taiwan Photon Source cutting-edge experimental facility construction plan』 to our government to establish a new accelerator on the current base with an energy 3 billion electron volts of the electron beam and a circumference 518 meters, low emittance 『Taiwan Photon Source 』synchrotron light source facility. The ground-breaking ceremony for the civil construction of Taiwan Photon Source (TPS) was held on February 7, 2010. The civil construction has completed in 2014 and the light source and its experimental facilities will be open to the academic and scientific communities to conduct advanced research in 2015.

The TPS will be the largest cross-field cutting-edge experimental facility in Taiwan. It can offer one of the world's brightest synchrotron X-ray sources, open numerous prospective scientific research opportunities, enhance world-class academic research to attain international competence, and assist the high-tech industry in improving its research and development capability while it creates Taiwan's scientific research marvels in the twenty-first century.

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