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XFEL - European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Facility GmbH

The European XFEL is a research facility under construction near Hamburg, co-financed by 8 international shareholders (public/public-equivalent bodies). In the research campus international scientists will carry out experiments with X-ray flashes.

The facility will generate ultra-short X-ray flashes 27000 times per second with a brilliance a billion times higher than that of the best conventional X-ray sources. It will provide new research opportunities e.g. by determining the atomic details of viruses and the molecular composition of cells, ‘filming’ chemical reactions and studying processes such as those occurring deep inside planets. The accelerator complex will include a superconducting linear accelerator with a nominal energy of 17.5 GeV. Construction of the European XFEL started in 2009 and will be completed in 2015. Our project is included in the ESFRI roadmap.
Within CALIPSO, our staff will contribute to scientific cooperation, workshops and joint trainings as observer within HIZPAD2, in order to improve exchange among accelerator physicist and FEL users on diagnostics techniques. Our involved scientists are: A. Schwarz, Science Director, worked before at SLAC, CERN, Max Planck Institute for Physics, Munich and DESY in High Energy Physics; he has relevant experience in particle and photon detection, data acquisition, computing. M. Kuster ,leader of “detectors“ group at European XFEL, worked before for the Max-Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics/Max-Planck Semiconductor Laboratory, CERN, Technische Universität Darmstadt and the Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik Tübingen; he has extensiveexperience in X-ray photon detectors for terrestrial and space applications, data acquisition, data processing and data analysis.
European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Facility GmbH
  Uta Sprenger
Albert-Einstein-Ring 19, 22761 Hamburg