ELI – The Extreme Light Infrastructure

A European facility opening new avenues to reveal the secrets of matter on ultra-short timescales.


Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI)

Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI), the world's first international user facility for laser research, will be established as an International Association during a notarial ceremony on April 11, 2013 in Brussels, Belgium.

ELI is part of the ESFRI Roadmap for international research infrastructures of high priority for Europe. Based on strong international collaborations it is being constructed in three pillars in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Romania, utilizing EU Structural Funds.

When fully implemented in 2017 ELI will contain some of the world's most powerful lasers and make them available for the international scientific community. With its ultra-intense and ultra-short pulses of light it will create new states of matter in dense plasmas, probe the structure of vacuum or produce secondary radiation of high-energy photons or particles. These, in turn, will be used to understand fundamental dynamic processes in such different species as nuclei, molecules, or biological cells.

ELI's technologies and capabilities will bring Europe at the forefront of this scientific field and stimulate socio-economic development in the host countries and in the EU in general. The newly founded
ELI Delivery Consortium International Association will be a non-profit organisation after Belgian law (AISBL).

It will promote the sustainable development of ELI as a pan-European research infrastructure, support the coordinated implementation of the EL research facilities, and preserve the consistency and complementarity of their scientific missions. It will also organise the establishment of an international consortium that will be in charge of the future operation of ELI, preferably in the form of a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC).

Founding members of the ELI-DC International Association are three international scientific institutions, the Romanian “Horia Hulubei” National Institute of Research and Development for Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH), the Hungarian ELI-Hu Research and Development Non-Profit Limited Liability Company, and the Italian Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A. The Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic will join the Association immediately after its establishment. Institutions from other countries such as Germany, the UK, France, and others are expected to follow.

For more information, please contact:
Prof. Wolfgang Sandner, designated Director General, ELI-DC International Association
Mail: sandner@mbi-berlin.de
Phone: +49 (0)30 6392 1300)


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