High Energy Photon Source Approved


The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China's top economic planner, approved construction of the High Energy Photon Source (HEPS) on December 15th, 2017.

Proposed in 2008, the High Energy Photon Source (HEPS) is designed as an ultra-low emittance ring-based synchrotron radiation light source with a beam energy of 6 GeV. Fourteen beamlines will be constructed in Phase I of the project. HEPS will be built in Huairou District in suburban Beijing as one of the core facilities in Huairou Science City. It is estimated that the facility will take six and a half years to build.

HEPS will serve as a platform to promote multi-disciplinary R&D in the fields of materials science, chemical engineering science, energy and environment science, and biomedicine. It will allow China to join the elite group of countries which have high energy synchrotron radiation light sources, and provide strong support for research fields related to the country’s domestic needs. This will hopefully lead to revolutionary innovation in various industries.

The Test Facility of HEPS, the first R&D phase before the construction of the facility, was launched at IHEP in early 2016 and is scheduled for completion in late 2018.


The conceptual design of HEPS (Image by IHEP) 

Contact Information

Mr. Guo Lijun

International Office, IHEP

E-mail: ljguo@ihep.ac.cn