20 of April, 2011
The European Commission approved the ELI Beamlines.
This is the first of the large projects of the Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovation (OP RDI) to be approved.
2 of August, 2011
The Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports issued a grand decision.
9 of October, 2012
It was organized a ceremonial tapping of the foundation stone. It was a formal act in presence of the prime minister, the president of the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Prague bishop.
The preparatory phase.
The contract was signed with the company Strabag. It did the excavation and secured the construction pit.
Finish of the preparatory phase and beginning of the construction phase
– signing of the contract with the general contractor MVO association.
Finish of the construction phase of the administration building
– moving to the offices in Dolní Břežany.
19 of October, 2015
Grand Opening Ceremony – ELI Beamlines was open.
Laser halls and labs are finished
– hand over of the building.
Arrival of the L3-HAPLS laser system to ELI Beamlines from the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory.
The largest vacuum compressor developed in the Czech Republic by Delong Instruments company is at ELI Beamlines, it is an important part of the L1-Allegra laser system.
The vacuum chamber P3, the biggest vacuum chamber for civilian use, came to ELI Beamlines.
The First Shot of L3-HAPLS laser.
The first experiments realized in the experimental hall E1.
Installation of the ELIMAIA-ELIMED technology at ELI Beamlines.
Gérard Mourou (the father of ELI) and Donna Strickland were awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics for the invention of chirped pulse amplification, a technique later used to create ultrashort-pulse, very high-intensity (petawatt) laser pulses.
First experiments on HHG with the L1-Allegra laser system.
The L4-Aton laser system is installed at ELI Beamlines.
First external users at ELI Beamlines.
János Hajdu, the leader of the ELIMAIA project, was awarded the Gregori Aminoff Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for his fundamental contributions to the development of X-ray free electron laser based structural biology.
The first User Conference.
Inauguration of a new biological laboratory at ELI Beamlines. Janos Hajdu and his team presented main goals and objectives.
Operation of the L3-HAPLS laser system (ELI Beamlines Research Centre) at 0.5 PW level was demonstrated through compression of the full energy output pulses currently generated by the laser chain, in the Petawatt vacuum compressor, together with a 3.3 Hz repetition rate and pulse duration of <30 fs, this is the highest laser peak power ever demonstrated.