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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 October 2016 | News
    European XFEL starts commissioning of the world’s largest X-ray laser | More
  • 02 October 2016 | News
    Robert Feidenhans’l appointed Chairman of the Management Board | More
  • 26 September 2016 | News
    Superconducting part of the European XFEL accelerator ready | More
  • 23 September 2016 | News
    European XFEL names three campus roads after outstanding scientists | More
  • 12 September 2016 | News
    European XFEL presented X-Ray laser at Hamburg Day of Science | More
  • 04 August 2016 | News
    In Memoriam: Ahmed Zewail (1946–2016) | More
  • 03 August 2016 | News
    Schleswig-Holstein Minister President Torsten Albig visits European XFEL | More
  • 28 July 2016 | News
    Polish contribution to European XFEL successfully completed | More
  • 25 July 2016 | News
    Electron injector for European XFEL exceeds expectations | More
  • 18 July 2016 | Announcement
    Annual Report 2015 available | More
  • 14 July 2016 | News
    Travel alongside a 3.4 km long X-ray laser, in less than 5 minutes | More
  • 11 July 2016 | News
    Kurchatov Institute becomes shareholder of European XFEL | More
  • European XFEL Newsletter
    Subscribe to our newsletter and we will keep you posted! | More


  • 28./29. November 2016
    User Workshop SPB/SFX instrument | More
  • 1./2. December 2016
    User Workshop FXE instrument | More

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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: 16 Nov 2016
    Programmer - Scientific Instrument Support Engineer (f/m)
  • Deadline: 16 Nov 2016
    Software Test Engineer (f/m)
  • Deadline: 16 Nov 2016
    Data Analysis Integration Engineer (f/m)
  • Deadline: 16 Nov 2016
    Senior Data Analysis Scientist (f/m)
  • Deadline: 18 Nov 2016
    Physicist for Gas-based Diagnostics (f/m)
  • Deadline: 31 Oct 2016
    Electronics/Mechatronics Technician (f/m)
  • Deadline: 23 Oct 2016
    PhD Student / Doctoral Candidate XFELO (f/m)
  • Deadline: 23 Oct 2016
    PLC Developer and Support Engineer (f/m)
  • Deadline: 14 Nov 2016
    Electronic Technician (f/m)