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The Extreme Light Infrastructure ERIC/ ELI Beamlines
Laser technologies

The Extreme Light Infrastructure ERIC/ ELI Beamlines

General description


ELI Beamlines is an international laser infrastructure and part of the ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure) pan-European project representing a unique tool of support of scientific excellence in Europe. The institute possess lasers with an intensity almost 10 times greater than the currently achieved values and offers their scientific users a unique source of radiation and rays of accelerated particles. These beamlines enable pioneering research not only in physics and material science, but also in biomedicine and laboratory astrophysics and many other fields. ELI-Beamlines is the statutory seat of the newly established ELI-ERIC consortium. Its founding members are, in addition to the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy and Lithuania. Germany and Bulgaria are founding Observers with an aim to fully join at a later date. Other European and non-European countries expressed interest to join ELI-ERIC after establishment.

The ELI Beamlines facility holds a unique position in the arena of high-power laser facilities: it is the first infrastructure of such dimensions that is fully dedicated to users. ELI Beamlines’ infrastructure is the most multifunctional of all existing and projected laser facilities. It has been designed not only to serve researchers who specialize in laser science, but it will also accommodate researchers from other fields such as material sciences and engineering, medicine, biology, chemistry, and astrophysics. In line with the recommendations of the European Union and the European Strategic Forum on Research Infrastructures, the ELI Beamlines facility enforces an open access policy for researchers, irrespective of their countries or institutions of origin. These facilities, which are widely open to the international user community, allocates access time on the basis of open competition and evaluation of the research proposals by international peer review. This already guarantee the scientific excellence of the facility. Furthermore, significant access is being given to students, technology co-developers, and contractual users from within the industry. ELI-Beamlines is a holder of the European HR Excellence in Research Award.

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment

  • Laser L1 Allegra (being developed in house by the ELI Beamlines laser team): designed to generate <20 fs pulses with energy exceeding 100 mJ per pulse at a high repetition rate (1 kHz).
  • LASER 2 Duha: 100 TW, 2 J, 50 Hz: designed to be a high repetition rate 100 TW-class laser.
  • Laser L3-HAPLS: designed for PW pulses with energy of at least 30J and duration <30 fs at a repetition rate of 10 Hz.
  • Laser L4 ATON: designed to generate an extremely high and unprecedented peak power of 10 PW (Petawatt) in pulses with duration of 150 fs.
  • Experimental hall E1 houses laser-driven secondary sources and experimental end-stations for applications in molecular, bio-medical, and materials sciences.
  • Experimental hall E2 is dedicated to the generation of ultrafast and bright hard X-ray beams for user experiments.
  • The plasma physics platform located in the experimental hall E3 is a multi-functional experimental infrastructure designed to perform laser-plasma and laser-matter interaction research.
  • E4 experimental hall is dedicated to user experiments that involve ion acceleration.
  • E5 experimental hall is dedicated to electron acceleration and to X-ray user experiments.
  • TERESA (TEstbed for high REpetition-rate Sources of Accelerated particles) is a laser–plasma experimental area that has been recently commissioned at ELI Beamlines.
  • High-performance computing centre


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