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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)

Research

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

  • 05 May 2015 | News
    Feasibility study: Good prospects for visitor centre or science centre | More
  • 24 April 2015 | News
    Girls' Day 2015: Girls meet X-ray men and women | More
  • 15 April 2015 | News
    First data connection between sites in Bahrenfeld and Schenefeld | More
  • 13 April 2015 | News
    Minister Alheit visits European XFEL | More
  • 09 April 2015 | News
    European XFEL scientists look deep into the atom | More
  • 27 March 2015 | News
    Major Chinese research centre signs collaboration agreement | More
  • 05 March 2015 | News
    Team uses X-ray laser to watch electrons travel across molecule | More
  • 04 March 2015 | News
    Researchers snap giant virus in 3-D | More
  • 18 February 2015 | News
    European XFEL celebrates topping out of headquarters building | More
  • 11 February 2015 | News
    Taking high-speed snapshots of living cells with an X-ray laser | More
  • 30 January 2015 | News
    2015 Users’ Meeting attendance climbs higher | More
  • European XFEL Newsletter
    Subscribe to our newsletter and we will keep you posted! | More

EventsAll Events

  • 18 June 2015, 14:00 | Zachary Wolf:
    Recent Undulator Work at SLAC | More
  • 18 - 20 July 2015
    ISWAMP3 | More

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DESY-Bahrenfeld

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Osdorfer Born

Osdorfer Born

Schenefeld East

Schenefeld East

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: 28 Jun 2015
    Instrument Scientist (f/m)
  • Deadline: 30 Jun 2015
    Optoelectronics Engineer or Physicist (f/m)
  • Deadline: 31 May 2015
    Instrumentation Scientist (f/m)