In 1979, the Department of Atomic Energy appointed a committee to
recommend a comprehensive programme on accelerators including accelerator
facilities to be built in India during next 20 years. Among other
recommendations, the committee recommended establishment of a Synchrotron
Radiation facility. Accordingly, synchrotron radiation sources Indus-1 and
are being built at RRCAT.
Indus-1 is a 450 MeV synchrotron radiation source with a
critical wavelength of 61 angstroms. It was commissioned in June 1999.
Indus-2 will be a synchrotron radiation source of
nominal electron energy of 2.5 GeV and a critical wavelength of about 4
angstroms. The foundation stone of the
building housing Indus-2 was laid
by the President of India, Dr.S.D.Sharma on June 28, 1997.
Both Indus-1 and Indus-2 are national facilities
accessible to all researchers from national laboratories, academic
institutions and Industries in India. With the comissioning of both these
facilities, Indian scientists will have powerful sources of photons with
wavelengths in the visible, vacuum ultraviolet, soft x-rays, and hard