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Enlightening Science

The European XFEL is a research facility currently under construction in the Hamburg area, Germany. From 2015 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

  • 16 April 2014 | News
    Paving the way to accessing handedness | More
  • 02 April 2014 | News
    European XFEL celebrates the International Year of Crystallography | More
  • 01 April 2014 | News
    Young students delve into science on Girls’ Day | More
  • 11 March 2014 | News
    FLASH spies deep into giant gas planets | More
  • 25 February 2014 | News
    France becomes European XFEL’s third-largest shareholder | More
  • 18 February 2014 | News
    Building the perfect mirror | More
  • 31 January 2014 | News
    Excitement builds among scientists at 2014 Users’ Meeting | More
  • 24 January 2014 | News
    Turkish scientists seek to strengthen cooperation with European XFEL | More
  • European XFEL Newsletter
    Subscribe to our newsletter and we will keep you posted! | More


  • 21 - 23 May 2014
    Workshop on "Advanced X-Ray FEL Development" | More
  • 06 June 2014, 14:00-15:00 | Dr. Karol Nass:
    Radiation damage in serial femtosecond macromolecular ... | More

Job Offers

  • Deadline: 31 May 2014
    Administrator for IT Services (f/m)
  • Deadline: 05 May 2014
    Research Associate
  • Deadline: 11 May 2014
    Building Services Engineer (f/m)


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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.