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Extreme Light Infrastructure Preparatory Phase

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.

Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

Address

Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

France

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 591 658,22

Administrative Contact

Catherine Sarrazin (Ms.)

Participants (15)

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SZILARDTESTFIZIKAI ES OPTIKAI KUTATOINTEZETE - MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 238 019,37

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 881 021,73

INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE DEZVOLTARE PENTRU FIZICA LASERILOR PLASMEI SI RADIATIEI

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 251 031,99

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI FISICA NUCLEARE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 249 003,40

FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 417 080

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 803 062,25

FYZIKALNI USTAV AV CR V.V.I

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 323 811,99

UNIVERSIDAD DE SALAMANCA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 251 017,78

SOFIA UNIVERSITY ST KLIMENT OHRIDSKI

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 132 102

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 385 060

MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA WIGNER FIZIKAI KUTATOKOZPONT

Hungary

VILNIAUS UNIVERSITETAS

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 102 018,89

WOJSKOWA AKADEMIA TECHNICZNA IM.JAROSLAWA DABROWSKIEGO

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 100 068,76

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 137 042,99

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 138 000,63

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 212105

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2007

  • End date

    31 December 2010

Funded under:

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 963 695,20

  • EU contribution

    € 6 000 000

Coordinated by:

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France