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Ultrafast Dynamics using ATTosecond and XUV Free Electron Laser Sources

Ultrafast Dynamics using ATTosecond and XUV Free Electron Laser Sources

Objective

Worldwide there is great excitement about two new ultrafast XUV/x-ray sources that are presently coming available. Attosecond XUV pulses by high-harmonic generation (HHG) will now allow for the first time to “make movies” of ultrafast electron motion, and thereby to investigate photo-chemical processes beyond the Born-Oppenheimer limit. At the same time, XUV/x-ray Free Electron Lasers (FELs) based on self-amplification of spontaneous emission (SASE) of relativistic electrons moving through an undulator structure will allow for the first time to track structural changes in (bio-)molecules using femtosecond time-resolved x-ray diffraction. In this context, the objectives of ATTOFEL are six-fold: 1) by establishing a framework for collaborative research on attosecond science, the potential is created for major breakthroughs in our understanding of the role of ultrafast electron dynamics in atomic physics, molecular physics and materials science. 2) by bringing together groups who recently have combined research in attosecond science with research efforts at the FLASH-FEL in Hamburg, an effective channel is created for knowledge transfer between the HHG/attosecond laser community and the FEL-community, which have historically been separate. 3) a generation of young scientists is trained that can shape the future of attosecond and FEL science, or that can embark on successful careers in industry. 4) the competitive advantage that European attosecond science and European XUV/x-ray FEL facilities currently have is significantly aided. 5) the competitive position of European industrial partners in the very demanding high-end ultrafast lasers market is strengthened. 6) the structuring of the international research community in this field will be consolidated, strengthened and expanded.
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FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV

Address

Rudower Chaussee 17
12489 Berlin

Germany

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Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 708 938,99

Administrative Contact

Marc Vrakking (Prof.)

Participants (10)

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LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 683 302,91

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 391 639,59

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 242 075,90

FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 319 087,30

UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 195 252,51

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 480 401,39

SZEGEDI TUDOMANYEGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 204 237,01

AMPLITUDE TECHNOLOGIES SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 179 859,90

FEMTOLASERS PRODUKTIONS GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 196 233,09

STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 238362

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2009

  • End date

    30 November 2013

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 601 028,59

  • EU contribution

    € 3 601 028,59

Coordinated by:

FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV

Germany