13 Sep 2021

Save the dates: User Meetings are coming up at the ELI facilities

With the recent establishment of the Extreme Light Infrastructure ERIC (ELI European Research Infrastructure Consortium), the ELI facilities, ELI Beamlines in the Czech Republic and ELI ALPS in Hungary, have officially entered into the Initial Operations Phase. As this phase of the implementation of ELI focuses on consolidating the ERIC, integrating the operations, and initiating User calls. Both facilities are organising User meetings this fall to inform potential Users about the available experimental capabilities.

                                           ELI Beamlines facility, Czech Republic

The ELI Beamlines User Conference will be held on 20-21 October as a hybrid event with both online and in-person attendance in Dolní Břežany, Czech Republic. The event sets out to provide updated information about the current status and offered technologies at ELI Beamlines, including presentations of the individual experimental stations. Attendees will gain practical information concerning the centre operation itself in addition to provided and planned services. Similar to the previous event, the scientific programme will be divided into a joint section for all Users and into panels focused on specific research topics. Registration is already open on the official event website.

ELI Beamlines aims to operate the world's most intense laser system and when fully operational, it will provide four laser systems of various parameters (e.g., high peak powers of 1-10 PW at enhanced repetition rates and focused intensities up above 1021 W/cm2 with the aim to reach over 1023 W/cm2 at the later stage). Using these and also lower power lasers, several experimental stations and beamlines are constructed to offer new research capabilities with and on secondary sources of radiation and accelerated particles.

                                                        ELI ALPS facility, Hungary

ELI ALPS (Attosecond Light Pulse Source) is organising its User Workshop on 8-10 November 2021, in Szeged, Hungary. The event will be held in the building of ELI ALPS. The programme of the workshop will include talks on finalised experiments, ongoing and scheduled campaigns, as well as future commissioning experiments of beamline and end-station developers. The workshop is planned to feature three national research projects to be implemented at ELI ALPS. Talks will be by invitation, and a limited number of User experiment talks from colleagues interested in becoming ELI ALPS Users will be included in the programme. If you would be interested in giving such a presentation please send your abstract to Ms. Vera Horvath Vera.Horvath@eli-alps.hu. For further information about the ELI ALPS User Workshop, please visit the official event website.

The ELI ALPS facility aims to operate photon sources that combine high repetition rates, broad spectral ranges, and extremely short pulses with high average power and high peak intensity. Laser driven particle sources are also under development. By the end of 2021, four laser systems, three secondary sources including THz and HHG sources, and multiple experimental stations will become available for User campaigns at ELI ALPS. By August 2021, over 25 User campaigns will have been successfully implemented, while 11 more will be in progress. As many as 18 non-Hungarian and 7 Hungarian User teams have been offered more than 4,200 User access hours by ELI ALPS.