16 May 2017

SwissFEL - first lasing at a wavelength of 4.1 nm

SwissFEL first Lasing at a wavelength of 4.1 nm The electron beam energy of SwissFEL was recently increased to above 900 MeV by successfully bringing two new accelerating modules into ... more »
04 May 2017

Eurpean XFEL - First Lasing

First Lasing at European XFEL With its first lasing, the European XFEL reaches the last big milestone before the official opening In the metropolitan region of Hamburg, the European XFEL, the ... more »
01 May 2017

FELs of Europe Award 2017

FELs of Europe Award on Photon Transport and Diagnostics for Diling Zhu The LCLS physicist Diling Zhu was awarded the “FELs of Europe Award on Photon Transport and Diagnostics” 2017. ... more »
01 May 2017


PhotonDiag 2017 at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Free electron lasers (FEL) for the soft and hard X-ray range are fourth generation light sources capable of producing high ... more »
19 April 2017

FELs of Europe Steering Comittee Meeting

The Steering Committee of FELs of Europe (FoE) met in Hamburg on 19 and 20 of April 2017. The first day the meeting was hosted by the European XFEL at the Schenefeld premises, the second day by ... more »
25 January 2017

FELs of Europe Whitebook

The present Whitebook is a common document of the FELs of Europe consortium. It presents a science case for the ensemble of European Free Electron Laser (FEL) facilities as a whole, illustrating by ... more »
25 January 2017

DESY and XFEL Photon Science Users’ Meeting 2017

The joint users' meeting of the DESY research light sources and the X-ray laser European XFEL attracted more participants than ever before. Around 1,100 scientists from more than 70 institutions ... more »
05 December 2016

SwissFEL Inauguration

On 5 December 2016, the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI held an inauguration ceremony for its new large-scale research facility SwissFEL, with Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, President of the Swiss ... more »
01 November 2016

Eucall Annual Meeting

The European Cluster of Advanced Laser Light sources (EUCALL), a European Union-funded project that aims to foster links between accelerator- and laser-driven X-ray facilities, has completed the ... more »
01 October 2016

FLASH observes exploding xenon nanoparticles

09 September 2016

Science@FELs conference in Trieste, Italy

Free Electron Laser (FEL) are fourth generation light sources capable of producing high brightness light pulses, ten billion times more intense than those emitted by synchrotrons, and of very short ... more »
30 August 2016

Shape of ‘molecular graphene’ determines electronic properties

Infrared spectroscopic studies reveal electronic differences in polycyclic hydrocarbons with zigzag and armchair edge structures Polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) form an important class of ... more »
09 June 2016

Infrared ion spectroscopy, another dimension in mass spectrometry

Infrared ion spectroscopy, another dimension in mass spectrometry: application to the structural characterization of ETD generated peptide fragments more »
21 December 2015

First electrons accelerated in European XFEL

Major milestone for international research facility A crucial component of the European XFEL has taken up operation: The so-called injector, the 45-metre long first part of the superconducting ... more »
29 October 2015

EUCALL Start-up and Kick Off Meeting

In October, the European Cluster of Advanced Laser Light Sources (EUCALL) project officially started and EUCALL’s Kick-Off meeting took place during 29-30 October at the Centre for Free ... more »
26 August 2015

New FELs of Europe Management

As of 1st July 2015, FELs OF EUROPE have a new management. The term of the first Chair of the collaboration, Josef Feldhaus from DESY in Hamburg, Germany, ended after three years. Rafael Abela, ... more »
25 June 2015

Collaboration with LASERLAB-EUROPE

FELs OF EUROPE and LASERLAB-EUROPE, the Integrated Initiative of European Laser Research Infrastructures, decided to work closer together in the future. In October 2014, the two networks signed a ... more »
08 June 2015

PhotonDiag 2015 Conference

The 2nd International Workshop on FEL Photon Diagnostics, Instrumentation, and Beamlines Design was held from 8 to 10 June, 2015 at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in ... more »
31 March 2015

Umbrella MoU Signed by 14 Parties

Umbrella is the pan-European federated identity system for the users of the large-scale European photon and neutron facilities. This IT platform offers for the first time an EU-wide, unique and ... more »
01 December 2014

Magnetic Fields and Lasers Elicit Graphene Secret

Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) have studied the dynamics of electrons from the “wonder material” graphene in a magnetic field for the first time. This led to the ... more »
22 October 2014

19th Steering Committee meeting of FELs OF EUROPE

The 19th meeting of the steering committee (SC) of FELs OF EUROPE was held on 17-18 September 2014 at Park Hotel in Bad Zurzach, Switzerland, hosted and organized by Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). ... more »
22 October 2014

2nd International Science@FELs 2014 Conference

The 2nd International Conference on Science at Free Electron Lasers (Science@FELs) took place on the 15-17 September 2014 at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Villigen, Switzerland, bringing ... more »
03 July 2014

Scientists watch molecular footballs explode

Using intense X-ray flashes, scientists have watched tiny molecular footballs explode. The molecules called buckminsterfullerenes or buckyballs for short are made of 60 carbon atoms and ... more »
18 June 2014

X-rays probe structure of liquid water at minus 46 degrees

Using the world's strongest X-ray laser, an international team of scientists has probed the internal structure of super-cooled liquid water at minus 46 degrees Celsius for the first time. The ... more »
09 May 2014

Delayed explosion due to cluster shell

Violent forces are at work during research with free-electron lasers: every single light flash brings the analysed sample to a fast explosion. In the investigation, every femtosecond (a millionth ... more »
08 May 2014

Observing electron clouds, scientists could improve chemical processes

With the help of an X-ray laser, a team of international researchers—including scientists from European XFEL, a new major science facility in the Hamburg metropolitan area, DESY, and the Max ... more »
08 May 2014

Peptides imaged in unprecedented detail in Radboud laser lab

Chemists from Radboud University Nijmegen and the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) have succeeded in producing detailed 3D structures of selected peptides – the building blocks ... more »
04 April 2014

16th SC meeting

The 16th Steering Committee meeting of the Collaboration of European FEL and SPS facilities took place at Radboud University on 20-21 March 2014 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. This first ... more »
11 March 2014

FLASH spies deep into giant gas planets

Using DESY’s X-ray laser FLASH, researchers took a sneak peek deep into the lower atmospheric layers of giant gas planets such as Jupiter or Saturn. The observations of the team around lead ... more »
06 March 2014

Observed live with x-ray laser: electricity controls magnetism

Data on a hard drive is stored by flipping small magnetic domains. Researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and ETH Zurich have now changed the magnetic arrangement in a material much ... more »
28 February 2014

Molecular Ballet under the X-ray Laser

Researchers capture snapshots of free molecules by the light of the free electron laser An international team of researchers has used the world’s most powerful X-ray laser to take snapshots of ... more »
15 February 2014

Novel method opens new paths for experiments with heated samples of biological relevance

Scientists from the Hamburg Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) have devised a novel way to boil water in less than a trillionth of a second. The theoretical concept, which has not yet ... more »
12 December 2013

More than half of European XFEL’s undulator segments ready for installation

Out of the total 91 undulator segments, the group has fully tuned 52, which are now in storage and awaiting installation in the facility’s tunnels. Among the completed segments are the 35 needed ... more »
09 December 2013

Electron beam instrumentation for FELs

Frontier fast dynamics science is strongly founded on accelerator-based pulsed photon sources. The longitudinal electron bunch properties play a crucial role to guarantee high performance of the ... more »
30 July 2013

Conceptual Design Report of CLARA test facility has been published

The Conceptual Design Report of the proposed new Free Electron Laser Test Facility, CLARA, has now been published by STFC Daresbury Laboratory. This CDR describes an exciting and ambitious new ... more »
30 July 2013

Seeding Schemes Expert Group kick-off meeting

On the 26 and 27th June 2013, the kick-off meeting of the Seeding Schemes Expert Group took place at Synchrotron SOLEIL, France. The meeting was chaired by the coordinator of this group – Luca ... more »
31 July 2013

European XFEL underground construction completed

An important milestone was reached on Germany’s largest science construction site: the underground civil engineering work for the X-ray laser European XFEL has been completed, and the underground ... more »
30 July 2013

Kick-off meeting: Pulse Length Measurement Expert Group

The kick-off meeting of the Pulse Length Measurement Expert Group took place at DESY Hamburg, from the 10-11 June 2013. This group was established by the Collaboration of European FEL and SPS ... more »
30 July 2013

8th Steering Committee meeting of the Collaboration of European FEL and SPS Facilities, 14 – 15 March 2013 in Frascati, Italy

The Steering Committee of the Collaboration of European FEL and SPS Facilities and FELnet/CALIPSO members met from the 14 – 15th March 2013 at INFN, Frascati, Italy. During this meeting aimed at ... more »