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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

  • 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
  • 29 June 2016 | News
    European XFEL inaugurates Schenefeld headquarters | More
  • 21 June 2016 | News
    European XFEL runs for charity | More
  • 16 June 2016 | News
    European XFEL moves to new headquarters in Schenefeld | More
  • 17 May 2016 | News
    An underground topping out | More
  • 03 May 2016 | News
    World’s most precise mirror arrives in Hamburg | More
  • European XFEL Newsletter
    Subscribe to our newsletter and we will keep you posted! | More


  • 04 October 2016, 17:00 | Dr. Sven Toleikis:
    Ultra-fast solid to solid phase transition in diamond | More

Recent publications


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  • Osdorfer Born
  • Schenefeld East
  • Schenefeld West
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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: 04 Oct 2016
    Instrument Technician/Mechanic (f/m)
  • Deadline: 23 Oct 2016
    PLC Developer and Support Engineer (f/m)
  • Deadline: 14 Oct 2016
    Physicist for Simulation of Photon Fields (f/m)
  • Deadline: 12 Oct 2016
    Chief Software Architect (f/m)