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Research Infrastructure

Extreme Light Infrastructure

Description ELI is a European Project involving nearly 40 research and academic institutions from 13 EU Member Countries, forming a pan-European Laser facility that aims to host the most intense lasers world-wide. The facility, based on four sites, will be the first large scale infrastructure based on the Eastern part of the European Community and has obtained a financial commitment exceeding 700m Euro. The European Commission has funded the first ELI-pillar, located in the Czech Republic, with a budget of nearly 290m Euro and the second pillar, located in Romania, with nearly 356m Euro. The main goal of ELI is to create the latest laser equipment in the world. There will be accomplished and implemented research projects covering the interaction of light with matter at intensity being 10 times higher than currently achievable values. ELI will provide ultra-short laser pulses of a few femtoseconds (10-15 fs) duration and give performance up to 10 PW. ELI will bring new techniques for medical image-display and diagnostics, radiotherapy, tools for new materials developing and testing, latest in X-ray optics, etc. The ELI project will comprise three branches: - Ultra High Field Science that will explore laser-matter interaction in an energy range where relativistic laws could stop to be valid; - Attosecond Laser Science designed to conduct temporal investigation of electron dynamics in atoms, molecules, plasmas and solids at attosecond scale (10-18 sec.: a billion of billions of a second); - the High Energy Beam Science devoted to the development and usage of dedicated beam lines with ultra short pulses of high energy radiation and particles reaching almost the speed of light (100 GeV). ELI is a project on the ESFRI Roadmap of Research Infrastructures (RIs) of pan-European interest.
URL http://www.extreme-light-infrastructure.eu/
Status Under construction since 1901
Scientific Domains Physical Sciences and Engineering
RI Categorization Intense Light Sources
Location ńĆeskomoravsk√° 2420/15, Prague, 19093, Czech Republic
MERIL URL http://portal.meril.eu/meril/view/facilitys/15733