ELIBIO and HIFI - Projects for Future


ELIBIO and HIFI - Projects for Future

The Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences together with the ELI Beamlines laser facility have finished this year 2016 very successfully. Both of their research projects ELIBIO and HIFI are approved by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and are  funded from the Call „Support to Excellent Research Teams“ within the Operational Programme Research, Development and Education EU. Additionally, both of projects will have really excellent scientists with many years of experience in major international scientific institutions, who may be aspirants for the Nobel Prize.

The ELIBIO project explores new frontiers in light and optics to create breakthrough science in biology, chemistry and physics. We will establish an Interdisciplinary Centre of Excellence at ELI Beamlines for life sciences together with BIOCEV and the foreign partners, for example the European XFEL in Hamburg and the LCLS at Stanford. An essential goal of the project is to understand photon-material interactions in extremely intense X-ray fields where new physics can be expected. The experiments will explore fundamental questions in the physics of photoemission and electron dynamics in the relativistic regime with X-rays. The new knowledge in studies on structure, function and dynamics in cells, organelles, and biomolecules will be used to perform experiments that were impossible so far. We will develop new methods and technologies to enable such measurements and answer key questions in health and disease.

The research team of ELIBIO is formed at the interface between two complementary research centers, ELI Beamlines oriented to photon physics and BIOCEV oriented to biomedical and biotechnological research. The project team is headed by Prof. Janos Hajdu making strategic decisions as for research direction and scope of experimental work. Prof. Hajdu has a rich scientific career. He worked as a professor of photon science at Stanford University in the USA, a professor of molecular biophysics at the University of Uppsala in Sweden or as advisor to the director of the European XFEL in Germany.

The HIFI (High Field Iinitiative) project will be a theoretical support and technological upgrade of the most intense laser in the world, the 10 PW laser at ELI Beamlines, for the preparation of worldwide unique high-field flagship experiments.

The theory program will explore a fundamentally new regime of laser matter interaction and give a solid theoretical base which will lead to realization of completely new high field experiments. The project manager will be Prof. Sergey Bulanov, a researcher at JAEA (Japan Atomic Energy Agency) in Japan and a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

„We are really happy that we won such oustanding scientists for this project.They have a wealth of experience from abroad and have a really rich scientific career,“ said prof. Jan Ridky, the director of the Institute of Physics.

The latest date of completion of physical implementation of the projects is October 31st, 2022. The allocation  for all supported projects of this Call is 2,500,000,000 CZK and each of our two projects will be funded by a total amount of aprox. 250 mil. CZK.