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Enlightening Science

The European XFEL is a research facility currently under construction in the Hamburg area, Germany. From 2017 on, it will generate extremely intense X-ray flashes to be used by researchers from all over the world.

The facility

The X-ray flashes will be produced in a 3.4-kilometre-long facility. Most of it will be housed in tunnels deep below ground. Three sites provide access to the tunnels and the experiment stations. (More)

Generation of X-ray flashes

Initially, a particle accelerator brings electrons to almost the speed of light. These electrons are then made to follow a tight slalom course on which they emit intense flashes of X-ray radiation. (More)


The European XFEL will open up completely new areas of experimentation. Its X-ray flashes will allow to map atomic details of viruses, film chemical reactions and study the processes in the interior of planets. (More)

The Company

The European XFEL is being constructed by the European XFEL GmbH. For the construction and operation, the company collaborates closely with DESY and many other institutions.

News archive

  • 06 July 2017 | Announcement
    Annual Report 2016 available | More
  • 04 July 2017 | News
    European XFEL starts operation phase | More
  • 03 July 2017 | News
    European XFEL rounds HafenCity for charity | More
  • 23 June 2017 | News
    First beam in the European XFEL experiment hall! | More
  • 23 June 2017 | News
    Representatives of the diplomatic corps visit European XFEL | More
  • 04 May 2017 | News
    European XFEL generates its first laser light | More
  • 19 April 2017 | News
    Accelerator for the European XFEL operational | More
  • 01 March 2017 | News
    Hamburg Senate visits European XFEL | More
  • 02 February 2017 | News
    DFG funds project for investigating exoplanets | More
  • 27 January 2017 | News
    Great expectations at last Users’ Meeting before start of operation | More
  • 24 January 2017 | News
    Researchers can hand in first proposals for experiments | More
  • 19 January 2017 | News
    First electrons in the -271°C cooled main accelerator | More
  • European XFEL Newsletter
    Subscribe to our newsletter and we will keep you posted! | More



  • 03.08.2017, 13:00 | Hans Fangohr:
    Software for Science, and a little magnetism | More

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Schenefeld West

Schenefeld West

Experiment hall

Experiment hall

Strong partners

The European XFEL and DESY collaborate on the construction, commissioning and operation of the facility. More

User Consortia

User consortia will be able to contribute to the European XFEL X-ray instruments. Contributions by User Consortia are regulated by a clear set of guidelines.

Job Offers

  • Deadline: 01 Sep 2017
    Instrument Scientist (f/m)
  • Deadline: 31 Aug 2017
    Post Doctoral Scientist (f/m)
  • Deadline: 15 Aug 2017
    Technician (f/m)
  • Deadline: 30 Sep 2017
    PhD Position - Resonant Two-Color Photoionization Processes ...
  • Deadline: 31 Aug 2017
    Safety Engineer for biology & biochemistry (f/m)
  • Deadline: 31 Aug 2017
    Radiation Protection & Laser Safety Officer (f/m)
  • Deadline: 31 Aug 2017
    Group Leader Advanced Electronics (f/m)
  • Deadline: 31 Aug 2017
    Guest House Coordinator (f/m)
  • Deadline: 30 Jul 2017
    Records Manager (f/m)