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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