ELI Beamlines has an engineering program for addressing the regular operation of the facility (availability and reliability), the stand-by operation of the facility (safety), and the shut-down and maintenance (repair, access, and maintenance). This program is called Systems Engineering and includes the following work packages: (a) control system, (b) beam transport, and (c) alignment, diagnostics, and performance.

Control Systems

The Central Control System and Data Acquistion responsibility is to operate ELI Beamlines facility and integrate functionality of all its parts.


Numerical simulation of the performance of the laser facility and automated control of the laser setup process are crucial to the project's success. The virtual model is considered as a set of services and tools that enable transparent execution of computational software for modelling beam dynamics in particle accelerators on distributed computing resources. For laser facilities, these functions can be performed by two closely coupled computer codes: the virtual beam line (VBL) and the laser operations performance model (LPOM).


Alignment is a process that is necessary to use before any type of shot sequence, first, to be sure that a laser beam will propagate to the target and second, to minimize depointing effects induced by vibrations or turbulences.


Different types of diagnostics will be used to calculate the laser intensity on the target. There will be laser beam diagnostics at the output of the lasers and at the end of the beam transport sections, and some other diagnostics inside the beam transport for operating and driving the facility.