Advertisement

Topics

European XFEL: World's Largest X-ray Laser to Launch in Hamburg

00:10 EDT 1 Sep 2017 | PR Newswire

HAMBURG, Germany, September 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

From 1 September 2017, the European XFEL - the world's biggest X-ray laser - will be in regular operation. The €1.22 billion research facility in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region involves eleven European countries. 

     (Photo: http://mma.prnewswire.com/media/551128/XFEL.jpg )

     (Photo: http://mma.prnewswire.com/media/551129/X_ray_Laser.jpg )

The facility is a project of superlatives: with 27,000 X-ray laser flashes per second and a luminance a billion times higher than that of the best conventional X-ray sources, XFEL will open up entirely new research opportunities and help transcend the current boundaries of scientific research. It will enable international scientists to decipher the molecular composition of viruses and cells, take three-dimensional images of the nanoworld, film chemical reactions and study processes occurring deep inside planets. XFEL will help develop e.g. new medication and new materials.

This Friday, the facility will be launched by Germany's Research Minister Johanna Wanka, Hamburg's First Mayor Olaf Scholz, Schleswig-Holstein's Science Minister Karin Prien, Russia's Presidential Advisor Andrei Fursenko, French Research Minister Frédérique Vidal and other high-ranking representatives. They will be joined by several external researchers, who are currently preparing for their first experiments in mid-September.

XFEL is a non-profit organisation that closely collaborates with DESY Hamburg and other international institutions. It employs about 300 people. With a cost of €1.22 billion for construction and launch and a 3.4-kilometre tunnel system that extends to the state of Schleswig-Holstein, it is among Europe's biggest and most ambitious research projects. Eleven countries are involved: Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland; the UK is in the process of joining. For Hamburg as a science and business location, XFEL marks a further step in establishing itself as an international innovation hub.

More about XFEL: http://www.xfel.eu
More on Hamburg: http://www.hamburg.com

Hamburg Marketing
Guido Neumann
+49-40-300-583    
guido.neumann@marketing.hamburg.de

European XFEL GmbH
Dr Bernd Ebeling
+49-40-8998-6921
press@xfel.eu

SOURCE Hamburg Marketing GmbH

NEXT ARTICLE

More From BioPortfolio on "European XFEL: World's Largest X-ray Laser to Launch in Hamburg"

Quick Search
Advertisement
 

Relevant Topics

Radiology
Radiology is the branch of medicine that studies imaging of the body; X-ray (basic, angiography, barium swallows), ultrasound, MRI, CT and PET. These imaging techniques can be used to diagnose, but also to treat a range of conditions, by allowing visuali...

Pharmacy
Pharmacy is the science and technique of preparing as well as dispensing drugs and medicines. It is a health profession that links health sciences with chemical sciences and aims to ensure the safe and effective use of pharmaceutical drugs. The scope of...