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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

  • 10 October 2014 | News
    Collaboration in theoretical physics with the University of Hamburg | More
  • 15 July 2014 | News
    UK invests in European XFEL user consortium | More
  • 26 June 2014 | News
    European XFEL Council elects new Chair and Vice Chair | More
  • 20 June 2014 | Announcement
    Annual Report 2013 available | More
  • 05 June 2014 | News
    University of Rostock and European XFEL announce cooperation | More
  • 02 June 2014 | Feature
    Developing a new software framework to rein in a flood of data | More
  • 08 May 2014 | News
    Observing electron clouds, scientists could improve chemical processes | More
  • 30 April 2014 | News
    Russian Ambassador visits European XFEL and DESY | More
  • 16 April 2014 | News
    Paving the way to accessing handedness | More
  • 02 April 2014 | News
    European XFEL celebrates the International Year of Crystallography | More
  • European XFEL Newsletter
    Subscribe to our newsletter and we will keep you posted! | More


  • 29 October 2014, 16:00-17:00 | Nina Rohringer:
    Stimulated X-Ray Raman Scattering with FEL Sources | More

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Osdorfer Born

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 2014
    Detector support scientist (f/m)
  • Deadline: 23 Nov 2014
    Leading XFEL research scientist (f/m)