Injector Linac for the New Taiwan Photon Source Begins Operation

Bergisch Gladbach, Germany – May 26, 2011 – RI Research Instruments GmbH, a majority-owned subsidiary of Bruker Energy & Supercon Technologies, Inc. (BEST), today announced the successful performance of its 150 MeV electron linear accelerator (linac) during final acceptance tests at the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center (NSRRC) in Hsin-Chu, Taiwan. This linac serves as the injector for the new Taiwan Photon Source (TPS), a project proposed in 2004 in response to the need for a highly brilliant synchrotron x-ray source for multidisciplinary experimental research in Taiwan.

RI Research Instruments GmbH, a spin-off division from ACCEL Instruments GmbH acquired by BEST in 2009, successfully completed the approximately $7 million contract received by ACCEL in November 2008 for the supply of this turnkey 150 MeV electron injector linac. The system includes electron source, accelerating structures, high power amplifiers, beam focussing, vacuum system, beam diagnostics and control system. After 24 month for design and manufacturing, the entire system was delivered to the NSRRC Hsinchu jobsite on schedule in January 2011. The installation of the linac into a new full-scale linac test building started in January 2011 and was finalized through acceptance testing in May 2011.
Hanspeter Vogel, Managing Director of RI Research Instruments GmbH, explained: "After an intense installation and commissioning period of only 17 weeks, with our team working on site in close cooperation with the customer, all specified parameters were safely achieved and demonstrated. We thank NSRRC for this opportunity to supply the Taiwan Photon Source with our technology and the excellent cooperation throughout the project. We wish further success for the next steps towards the completion of TPS."

This linac is the fifth in a series of turnkey linac systems made by RI Research Instruments that will be continued with planned deliveries to the Radboud University in the Netherlands in 2011 and to Brookhaven National Laboratories NSLS-II (National Synchrotron Radiation Source) in 2012.

About RI Research Instruments and Bruker Energy & Supercon Technologies, Inc.:

RI Research Instruments GmbH is a world leader in the development and manufacturing of normal and superconducting rf cavities and systems, linear accelerators, as well as special products for physics and energy research, scientific, medical and industrial applications. RI products also include high-performance electron and ion sources, particle beamlines and diagnostics, research reactor subunits as well as vacuum and cryogenic systems. BEST has operations in the US, the UK and Germany, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bruker Corporation (NASDAQ: BRKR).

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