Message from the Director

Inauguration greeting

I am Mitsuhiro Shibayama, who became the Director of the Neutron Science and Technology Center on June 1st, 2020. Until this March, I was Director of Neutron Science Laboratory, The Institute for Solid State Physics, The University of Tokyo, and had been promoting the Nationwide-General Use Program of Neutron Scattering using the reactor neutron source JRR-3. So far, I have been involved in J-PARC as a user of J-PARC MLF (Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility), as a member of MLF Advisory Board/Selection Committee, and Neutron Advisory Committee (NAC). From now on, I will be engaged in tasks such as promoting the use of the public beamlines and research proposal selecting issues.

As known, the Comprehensive Research Organization for Science and Society (CROSS) was appointed by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as a registered institution for facility use promotion, and has been promoting the facility use of the public beam lines at J-PARC MLF since April 2011. Owing to the establishment of the Center by Dr. Yasuhiko Fujii, the first Director, and the systematization of the organization by Dr. Hideaki Yokomizo, the second Director, the Neutron Science and Technology Center has grown into an important institution that supports MLF. The Neutron Science and Technology Center has been supporting MLF through a wide range of activities and has played the role of an interface between MLF and users, including experiment supports at the 7 public beamlines; BL01 (4SEASONS), BL02 (DNA), BL11 (PLANET), BL15 (TAIKAN), BL17 (SHARAKU), BL18 (SENJU), BL22 (RADEN), research proposal selection work, preparation of sample environments, public relations and information support for MLF activities, enlightenment and public relations activities through “CROSSroads” Workshops and Neutron and Muon Schools, exchange and research support with the industries through Functional Polymer Consortium, etc. I intend to further develop and enhance these activities.

Comparing the history of J-PARC MLF to a building construction, the first phase (development and design of pulse sources and equipments) is design, estimation, ground improvement, and foundation work. The second phase (construction and test operation) is material procurement, construction, and interior finish work. The third phase (commissioning to use operation) is to build functions such as commercial facilities and housing, and to start/run operation. Even though J-PARC has encountered numerous difficulties including the Great East Japan Earthquake, it has been able to overcome them and be completed, and it is now the phase to reward many achievements to the public. However, “completion” is not the end, but it is just at the stage of starting point, and it is expected by the domestic and foreign countries to play an active and leading role in the future. If we compare it to a building again, the fourth phase is to develop into a more efficient and highly productive commercial facility and a building with excellent habitability by strengthening and expanding the functions of the building. Due to the spread of the new coronavirus, J-PARC was out of service for a while and there is a delay in its use, but we see this difficulty as an opportunity and promote the use of new styles such as telework, remote experiments, open data, open science, etc. I would like to aim for a management that incorporates them.

The Neutron Science Center has a talented workforce. Following the quotation of the famous carpenter who led the reconstruction of Yakushiji Kondo Temple, Mr. Tsunekazu Nishioka; “Building a temple is the same as making a team. One should make full use of their habits.”, I would like to make the Neutron Science Center being a more expected center than ever. I would appreciate your support and encouragement in advance.

Shibayama Mitsuhiro

Mitsuhiro Shibayama
Neutron Science and Technology Center,
Comprehensive Research Organization for Science and Society
June 1st, 2020