From 1st January 2018, the new project of the ELI Beamlines research centre ADONIS has been launched. The name is an abbreviation derived from the title Advanced research using high intensity laser produced photons and particles. The project will run until the end of October 2022 and is funded by the Operational Program Research, Development and Education from the Excellence Research Challenge.

High intensity lasers are proposed to drive advanced short pulse optical, IR, x-ray and particle beams (secondary sources) beyond state of the art by controlling and extending the parameters of lasers and secondary sources concerning their intensities, stability, synchronization, quality, energy range and repetition rates. This allows performing new investigations spanning the range from fundamental to applied sciences and medicine, ultimately leading to a better understanding of nature and providing future societal benefits.

ADONIS project, which is based on nine research programs, will extend the scope of societal and fundamental applications and widen the potential user base, in particular from the industrial sector, while continuing to provide a unique research platform for the academic sector. ELI’s worldwide competitiveness will increase considerable, making it the foremost user installation in the European landscape and at the same time positioning the Czech Republic at the forefront of photonic research.