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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)

Research

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

  • 24 November 2016 | News
    Chinese Vice Prime Minister Liu Yandong visits European XFEL and DESY | More
  • 21 November 2016 | News
    European XFEL scientists speak at “Science on Tap” | More
  • 10 November 2016 | News
    European XFEL to build guesthouse and canteen in 2017 | More
  • 07 November 2016 | News
    EUCALL finishes first year, bearing new technologies | More
  • 25 October 2016 | News
    European XFEL brings Düpenau back to nature | More
  • 06 October 2016 | News
    European XFEL starts commissioning of the world’s largest X-ray laser | More
  • 02 October 2016 | News
    Robert Feidenhans’l appointed Chairman of the Management Board | More
  • 26 September 2016 | News
    Superconducting part of the European XFEL accelerator ready | More
  • 23 September 2016 | News
    European XFEL names three campus roads after outstanding scientists | More
  • 12 September 2016 | News
    European XFEL presented X-Ray laser at Hamburg Day of Science | More
  • 04 August 2016 | News
    In Memoriam: Ahmed Zewail (1946–2016) | More
  • 03 August 2016 | News
    Schleswig-Holstein Minister President Torsten Albig visits European XFEL | More
  • 28 July 2016 | News
    Polish contribution to European XFEL successfully completed | More
  • 25 July 2016 | News
    Electron injector for European XFEL exceeds expectations | More
  • 18 July 2016 | Announcement
    Annual Report 2015 available | More
  • 14 July 2016 | News
    Travel alongside a 3.4 km long X-ray laser, in less than 5 minutes | More
  • 11 July 2016 | News
    Kurchatov Institute becomes shareholder of European XFEL | More
  • European XFEL Newsletter
    Subscribe to our newsletter and we will keep you posted! | More

EventsMore

  • 13 December 2016, 17:00 (Coffee/Tea 16:45) | Kai Rossnagel:
    Ultrafast solid-state photoemission spectroscopy: From the ... | More
  • 25-27 January 2017
    2017 Users' Meeting | More

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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.

Job Offers

  • Deadline: 06 Jan 2017
    Assistant Procurement & Logistics (f/m)
  • Deadline: 31 Dec 2016
    Electronics/Mechatronics Technician (f/m)
  • Deadline: 15 Jan 2017
    Instrument Scientist (f/m)
  • Deadline: 31 Dec 2016
    Data Management System Developer (f/m)
  • Deadline: 06 Jan 2017
    PhD positions in Ultrafast Science – IMPRS-UFAST – ...
  • Deadline: 11 Dec 2016
    User Office Administrative Assistant (f/m)