WHAT IS ELI BEAMLINES
ELI – Extreme Light Infrastructure
ELI Beamlines is a European research centre focused on fundamental research. ELI has 4 ultra-intensive laser systems that work in concert with each other and, thanks to their peak, allow to research teams from all over the world to make unique experiments. Each of the laser systems has different characteristics and parameters.
ELI Beamlines has 5 experimental halls and an advanced biology laboratory with end stations for a wide range of research. Fields of interest to external and internal researchers at ELI Beamlines include biology, medicine, physics, chemistry, materials engineering, space research and nanotechnology. Thanks to the high-power and ultra-fast laser pulses that laser systems are able to provide more deeply the internal structure of molecules and the processes that take place in them, the behavior of viruses and other microorganisms, the principles of proton therapy, new materials and their properties, the environment in space or the possibilities of accelerating nuclear waste.
ELI Beamlines is a part of the ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure) project, a new pan-European research infrastructure, and part of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) plan.
The ELI project research infrastructure includes several workplaces and additional facilities located in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania.
ELI BEAMLINES IS A USER CENTRE
The user center operates the unique ultra intensive lasers and the experimental facilities mainly for research teams from other research institutions, universities and commercial companies. On the basis of an approved request, the research teams will request so-called user time at the required research facility. At the agreed time, the research teams come and carry out their unique experiments at the ELI Beamlines center.
ELI Beamlines has its own research teams as well. Currently, ELI Beamlines employs over 150 internal researchers.
You can find out more about user research in our video for users.
APRIL 30, 2021 EUROPEAN COMMISSION ESTABLISHED ELI ERIC (EUROPEAN RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE CONSORCIUM).
The ERIC is a unique legal entity, formed by an EU regulation specifically for scientific infrastructures. As an international organisation its Members are countries, who contribute scientifically and financially to the consortium. In addition to the Czech Republic and Hungary, Italy and Lithuania are founding Members.
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 after establishment.
The main objective of the ELI Beamlines Center is to become a truly multidisciplinary, user-oriented infrastructure for carrying out revolutionary scientific experiments and applications in various fields, including physics and astrophysics, chemistry, biology, material science, medicine, etc., by combining advanced synchronized short laser pulses with ultra-high intensity and auxiliary particle sources or X-ray.
TOP SECONDARY RESOURCES
The ELI Beamlines Center provides research capabilities with a wide range of ultra high-intensity lasers excited by high-end lasers. These secondary sources, especially those based on completely new concepts, produce pulses of radiation of the highest intensity and quality of the beam, including electromagnetic radiation in a wide range and charged particles such as electrons, protons and ions. Therefore, a wide range of new applications can be expected.
BENEFITS FOR SOCIETY
As a European research infrastructure, ELI Beamlines is strengthening Europe’s position in world laser research and creating new opportunities for European industry.
Applied research at the ELI Beamlines facility covers areas ranging from improving cancer treatment, medical imaging, fast electronics and aging of nuclear reactor materials to the development of new nuclear waste treatment methods.