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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

  • 17 May 2016 | News
    An underground topping out | More
  • 03 May 2016 | News
    World’s most precise mirror arrives in Hamburg | More
  • 29 April 2016 | News
    Girls’ Day 2016: kids get their hands on science | More
  • 25 April 2016 | News
    First X-ray laser simulation suite explores single-particle imaging | More
  • 03 March 2016 | News
    Controlling ultrafast electrons in motion | More
  • 01 March 2016 | News
    All segments of first light-generating system installed in European XFEL | More
  • 24 February 2016 | News
    Council Chairman and Vice Chairman confirmed in office | More
  • 08 February 2016 | News
    Strong international demand for extreme conditions laboratory at European XFEL | More
  • 29 January 2016 | News
    European XFEL Users’ Meeting: scientists look towards operation | More
  • 21 December 2015 | News
    First electrons accelerated in European XFEL | More
  • 07 December 2015 | News
    Science Day reaches out to more than 300 guests of Turkish origin | More
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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: 07 Jul 2016
    Safety Engineer (f/m)
  • Deadline: 30 Jun 2016
    Data Management System Developer (f/m)
  • Deadline: 19 Jun 2016
    Instrument Scientist (f/m)
  • Deadline: 26 May 2016
    Laboratory Head/Project Manager (f/m)
  • Deadline: 31 May 2016
    Laser Engineer (f/m)
  • Deadline: 12 Jun 2016
    Two Instrument Engineers/Technicians (f/m)
  • Deadline: 31 May 2016
    Two FXE Instrument Support Scientists (f/m)
  • Deadline: 12 Jun 2016
    Electrical Rack Manager (f/m)