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Extreme Light Infrastructure Preparatory Phase

Objective

Among the most significant scientific inquiries defined by Science (July 2005) was whether or not scientists will be able to build a laser of intensity sufficient to “rip photons into electron-positron pairs.” ELI will be the first infrastructure to approach this limit. It represents the consensual effort of 13 European countries, more than 50 laboratories and numerous international collaborators. Dedicated to the fundamental study of laser-matter interaction in a new and unsurpassed, “ultra-relativistic” regime, this facility will be based on an exawatt-class laser delivering ultra-short (down to fractions of attosecond) pulses at least 100 times more powerful than any other existing or planned. ELI will strive to be a highly multidisciplinary platform with specialized laser, particle or radiation beam lines dedicated to wide scientific fields, from fundamental ones: atomic, particle, nuclear, gravitational, and cosmology, to societal ones. ELI will for instance benefit in life science, nanotechnology material science, or environment. ELI will finally foster technology transfers, as well as education and training. The ELI preparatory phase aims at establishing all the elements for the start of a successful construction and operation of the facility. It includes the technical studies that define within strict safety guidelines, the laser and its experimental ancillaries characteristics, leading into site selection issues. It examines the legal and governance networking elements that will ensure a stable and smooth operation. It allows steady evaluation of construction and operation costs, as well as decommissioning ones. This three years period will furthermore allow investigating new opportunities opened by the ultra-relativistic regime and consolidating the European users community and its international counterparts.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics

Call for proposal

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-CSA-Infra - Combination of CP and CSA

Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
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Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
France
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Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 591 658,22
Administrative Contact
Catherine Sarrazin (Ms.)

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SZILARDTESTFIZIKAI ES OPTIKAI KUTATOINTEZETE - MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA

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Hungary
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€ 238 019,37
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Konkoly Thege M. Street 29-33
1525 Budapest
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Research Organisations
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Valeria Budeane Matyus
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
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€ 881 021,73
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Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munich
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Other
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Adelbert Piehler (Dr.)
INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE DEZVOLTARE PENTRU FIZICA LASERILOR PLASMEI SI RADIATIEI
Romania
EU contribution
€ 251 031,99
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Atomistilor 409
077125 Magurele / Ilfov
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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mihaela Osman
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI FISICA NUCLEARE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 249 003,40
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Via Enrico Fermi 54
00044 Frascati
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Research Organisations
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Patrizia Benfatti (Ms.)
IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Greece
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€ 417 080
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N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
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Research Organisations
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Zinovia Papatheodorou (Ms.)
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL
United Kingdom
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€ 803 062,25
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Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1SZ Swindon
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Research Organisations
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Nicki Wallace (Ms.)
FYZIKALNI USTAV AV CR V.V.I
Czechia
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€ 323 811,99
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Na Slovance 2
18221 Praha 8
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Vladimira Holubova (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE SALAMANCA
Spain
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€ 251 017,78
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Calle Patio De Escuelas 1
37008 Salamanca
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Mª ángeles Serrano García (Prof.)
SOFIA UNIVERSITY ST KLIMENT OHRIDSKI
Bulgaria
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€ 132 102
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Bul Tzar Osvoboditel 15
1504 Sofia
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Bojil Dobrev (Mr.)
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
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€ 385 060
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Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
1049-001 Lisboa
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Teresa Malhoa (Dr.)
WIGNER FIZIKAI KUTATOKOZPONT
Hungary
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Konkoly Thege Miklos Ut 29-33
1121 Budapest
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Valeria Budeane Matyus
VILNIAUS UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania
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€ 102 018,89
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Universiteto G. 3
01513 Vilnius
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Algis Piskarskas (Prof.)
WOJSKOWA AKADEMIA TECHNICZNA IM.JAROSLAWA DABROWSKIEGO
Poland
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€ 100 068,76
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Ul. Gen. Sylwestra Kaliskiego 2
00 908 Warszawa
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Mirosław Szczurek (Dr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
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€ 137 042,99
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Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Laura Podini (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 138 000,63
Address
Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gonzalo León (Prof.)