TU Freiberg Scientists Experiment with Super X-Ray Laser in Hamburg

TU Bergakademie Freiberg recently concluded a bilateral cooperation agreement to use the world's largest X-ray laser – the European XFEL in Hamburg. In future, students from Freiberg will be able to write their bachelor and master theses in both Freiberg and Hamburg.

A block lecture from TUBAF is planned for Hamburg from September 16 to 21.

The 3.4-kilometer-long XFEL X-ray laser generates extremely intense X-ray laser flashes – 27,000 times per second and with a luminous intensity billions of times greater than that of the very best conventional sources of X-ray radiation. Since it opened in September last year, XFEL has offered completely new research opportunities for scientists and industrial researchers. The X-ray flashes are generated in underground tunnels and enable, for example, the detection of the details of viruses at the atomic level, the filming of chemical reactions, and the investigation of processes similar to those that occur inside planets. In order to generate the X-ray flashes, electrons are first excited to extremely high energy levels in packages, and are then directed by arrangements of special magnets called undulators. The particles thus emit light that intensifies until an extremely short and intense X-ray flash is produced.

The “Structure Research with XFELs and Synchrotron Radiation” research group at TU Bergakademie Freiberg is part of the Institute of Experimental Physics there, and is headed by Prof. Serguei Molodtsov. Prof. Molodtsov also holds the position of scientific director at the European X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL), and the project offers a unique opportunity for students from TU Freiberg to have direct access to such large-scale facilities as part of their undergraduate studies. The equipment and research possibilities at XFEL are unique in the world, allowing students and scientists to conduct cutting-edge research.

A special series of lectures – “Materials Research with X-ray Free-Electron Lasers (XFELs)” – has been held for three years now. During this one-week course (which is held at the facility in Hamburg), leading scientists from the European XFEL instruct students on the design and application of the latest generation of X-ray light sources as well as their wide range of application in materials research.

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Fragen beantwortet / Contact: 
Prof. Serguei Molodtsov Tel. 040/8998 5779, Friedrich Roth Tel. 03731 / 39 2865