After two years of work on ambitious construction programme, the UNIST-PAL Beamline has been designed and constructed at the Pohang Light Source (PLS) of Pohang Accelerator Laboratory (PAL), POSTECH, Korea. This will not only improve the quality of data obtained in X-ray experiments, but more importantly create new opportunities for the science programme at UNIST.
On February 10, an official ribbon cutting ceremony was held at PAL, POSTECH to commemorate the inauguration of the new accelerator beamline construction. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Mooyoung Jung (Vice-president of Research, UNIST), MooHyun Cho (Director, PAL, POSTECH), and key contributors in the realization of the UNIST-PAL Beamline.
After the ceremony, UNIST and PLS (POSTECH) signed an MoU to support collaborative research and development projects to boost scientific capabilities. This MoU also relates to the joint construction and sharing of the cost of the four-million-USD UNIST-PAL Beamline. UNIST will become one of the third institutions in the nation to construct and operate an accelerator beamline dedicated for UNIST, following POSTECH and GIST.
With this multifunctional beamline, researchers can now easily conduct experiments, involving X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAFS), X-ray Crystallography, and Wide-angle X-ray Scattering (WAXS) or Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS).