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S. Korea on course to complete ion accelerator

All News 11:53 December 29, 2017

SEOUL, Dec. 29 (Yonhap) -- South Korea successfully conducted a key ion beam test, the government said Friday, confirming that the building of the rare isotope accelerator is moving forward on schedule.

The Ministry of Science and ICT announced that it will complete the construction of the heavy ion linear accelerator complex located in the central city of Daejeon 160 kilometers south of Seoul by 2021. The facility being built at a cost of 1.43 trillion won (US$1.34) is designed to produce a variety of stable and rare isotopes that can further advance research in basic sciences.

The complex is named RAON, which means happiness in Korean.

The ministry said the Institute for Basic Science in charge of the test successfully generated highly charged heavy ion beams.

The oxygen ion beam energy reached 700keV/u, exceeding the initial goal of 530keV/u, sources said.

Once RAON is built, scientists will be able to probe a wide range of matters that cannot be easily studied and it could even lead to new discoveries and creations.

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