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The logo

Learn how our logo got in shape.

What do you need to construct a free-electron laser? Well, the basic idea is simple.

You start with a particle accelerator. In the case of the European XFEL, it will be about 2010 metres long.
Then, you let the electrons fly through special magnetic devices in which they generate the extremely intense X-ray flashes. This will happen in the so-called undulator tunnels. 770 metres long.
Finally, you send the flashes to an experiment hall – to use them for bright science. Add another 440 metres to your facility.
That’s it. The European XFEL.
(Ok, we admit: The technical details are a bit more subtle. But we are doing our best to be ready in 2016.)

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