About the JSSRR

The birth of synchrotron radiation research in the second half of the 20th century, using light emitted from electron accelerators, created a new field within the natural sciences, and was one of the revolutions acheived by mankind in light-related science and technology.


Synchrotron radiation offers unrivalled properties as a lightsource at wavelengths ranging from the infra-red to X-rays, and demonstrates its efficacy by being able to reveal the static structure, dynamic structural change, and electronic structure of almost any material. Research using synchrotron radiation began in earnest in the late 1970s. Since then, from machine physics to beamline use, the interdisciplinary field of synchrotron radiation science spans fields including the biological sciences, materials sciences, chemistry, earth sciences, environmental sciences, medicine, and nuclear physics. From basic to applied research, and to industrial use building on these results, synchrotron radiation research has established itself within all of the above fields, and also facilitates the development of new directions. There are currently many synchrotron lightsources in Japan, which are used by around 10,000 researchers. The basic research and planning for future lightsource projects is also under intense discussion.


The JSSRR was founded with the goal of promoting the current and future rapid development in synchrotron radiation science, by providing a forum for disseminating current research results and trends, the joint solving of academic and technical problems, and the interchange of ideas for developing new research directions.


Grades of membership include Member, Student Member, Affiliate Member, Special Affiliate Member, and Subscription Member. The student membership includes several benefits. Affiliate members are individuals or organisations who support the society's objectives and wish to assist our operations.


Academic meetings

The annual meeting provides an opportunity for members to present and discuss synchrotron radiation research and technology. We also hold training workshops, covering in an easily-understandable manner subjects ranging from machine physics to new academic fields which have developed from synchrotron radiation use.


As well as holding international conferences, we provide a listing of meetings, and promote the international activities of our members.


The society journal "放射光" (Synchrotron Radiation) is published six times a year, and includes easy-to-understand review articles on synchrotron radiation science and technology, information on developments in related fields, and notices from the society.