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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

  • 19 April 2017 | News
    Accelerator for the European XFEL operational | More
  • 01 March 2017 | News
    Hamburg Senate visits European XFEL | More
  • 02 February 2017 | News
    DFG funds project for investigating exoplanets | More
  • 27 January 2017 | News
    Great expectations at last Users’ Meeting before start of operation | More
  • 24 January 2017 | News
    Researchers can hand in first proposals for experiments | More
  • 19 January 2017 | News
    First electrons in the -271°C cooled main accelerator | More
  • 06 January 2017 | News
    Robert Feidenhans’l starts as Chairman of the European XFEL Management Board | More
  • 20 December 2016 | News
    First two scientific instruments prepare for their big debut | More
  • 19 December 2016 | News
    End of the year message from the Managing Directors | More
  • 19 December 2016 | News
    Researchers make molecular movies of photocatalysis about to happen | More
  • 19 December 2016 | News
    Versatile optical laser will enable innovative experiments | More
  • 24 November 2016 | News
    Chinese Vice Prime Minister Liu Yandong visits European XFEL and DESY | More
  • European XFEL Newsletter
    Subscribe to our newsletter and we will keep you posted! | More



  • 02 May 2017, 17:00 (Coffee/Tea 16:45) | Marion Harmand:
    Iron and iron alloys studies at XFEL for planetary science | More
  • 19 May 2017 14:00 | Efim Gluskin:
    Superconducting Undulators at the APS – recent results ... | More
  • 1-2 June 2017
    Terahertz science at European XFEL | More
  • 13 June 2017, 17:00 (Coffee/Tea 16:45) | Makina Yabashi:
    Seminar Speaker - Makina Yabashi | More
  • 15June 2017
    Opportunities for microfluidic devices at Free-Electron ... | More
  • 19-23 June 2017
    5th EIROforum School of Instrumentation (ESI) | More
  • 27 June 2017, 17:00 (Coffee/Tea 16:45) | Florian Meirer:
    Seminar Speaker - Florian Meirer | More

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Schenefeld West

Experiment hall

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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 May 2017
    Detector Scientist (f/m)
  • Deadline: 07 May 2017
    Research Scientist (f/m) for X-ray Spectroscopy
  • Deadline: 14 May 2017
    Mechanical Engineer (f/m)
  • Deadline: 30 Apr 2017
    Electronics Technician (f/m)