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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

  • 24 November 2015 | News
    EIROforum Directors General meet at European XFEL | More
  • 11 November 2015 | News
    Open House event attracts thousands to European XFEL | More
  • 22 October 2015 | News
    CREMLIN aims to improve European–Russian science network | More
  • 19 October 2015 | News
    Scientist explains X-ray laser science at Hamburg's "Science on Tap" | More
  • 05 October 2015 | News
    New EU project: Guiding light for the world’s brightest light sources | More
  • 28 September 2015 | News
    European XFEL presents free-electron laser science in Jena | More
  • 28 September 2015 | News
    Freiberg students get a glimpse of European XFEL science | More
  • 14 September 2015 | News
    Engaging the public at Schenefeld mall in town centre | More
  • 04 September 2015 | News
    Farewell, FELIX | More
  • 25 August 2015 | News
    First scientific instrument component installed in experiment hall | More
  • 17 July 2015 | News
    UK contributes a high-energy optical laser to HED instrument | More
  • 13 July 2015 | News
    Two Nobel laureates came to Schenefeld in one week | More
  • 02 July 2015 | News
    European XFEL takes over EIROforum chairmanship | More
  • European XFEL Newsletter
    Subscribe to our newsletter and we will keep you posted! | More


  • 27-29 January 2016, DESY Hamburg, Germany
    2016 Users' Meeting | More

Recent publications


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Osdorfer Born

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Schenefeld East

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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: 31 Dec 2015
    System Administrator (f/m)
  • Deadline: 31 Dec 2015
    Mechatronics Technician (f/m)
  • Deadline: 31 Dec 2015
    Instrument Scientist (f/m)
  • Deadline: 31 Dec 2015
    Physicist for Calculations of Photon Fields (f/m)