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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

  • 02 July 2015 | News
    European XFEL takes over EIROforum chairmanship | More
  • 01 July 2015 | News
    European XFEL team participates in charity run | More
  • 30 June 2015 | News
    User consortia experiments at European XFEL are go | More
  • 12 June 2015 | Announcement
    Annual Report 2014 available | More
  • 01 June 2015 | News
    Roadshow engages students and scientists in Turkey | More
  • 05 May 2015 | News
    Feasibility study: Good prospects for visitor centre or science centre | More
  • 24 April 2015 | News
    Girls' Day 2015: Girls meet X-ray men and women | More
  • 15 April 2015 | News
    First data connection between sites in Bahrenfeld and Schenefeld | More
  • 13 April 2015 | News
    Minister Alheit visits European XFEL | More
  • 09 April 2015 | News
    European XFEL scientists look deep into the atom | More
  • 27 March 2015 | News
    Major Chinese research centre signs collaboration agreement | More
  • 05 March 2015 | News
    Team uses X-ray laser to watch electrons travel across molecule | More
  • 04 March 2015 | News
    Researchers snap giant virus in 3-D | More
  • 18 February 2015 | News
    European XFEL celebrates topping out of headquarters building | More
  • European XFEL Newsletter
    Subscribe to our newsletter and we will keep you posted! | More


  • 18 - 20 July 2015
    ISWAMP3 | More
  • 23 - 25 September 2015
    Joint Workshop on High Pressure, Planetary, and Plasma ... | More

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Osdorfer Born

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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: 15 Aug 2015
    Scientist for XFEL timing diagnostics (f/m)
  • Deadline: 22 Jul 2015
    User Office Administrative Assistant (f/m)