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2017 Accelerator Strategic Review

STFC is currently undertaking a strategic review of its Accelerator Programme. Accelerator science is integral to STFC’s mission, and serves to underpin the organisation’s functions. A strategic approach is required to ensure that the UK maintains its international position in … Continue reading

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First beam in the European XFEL experiment hall! (June 23rd 2017)

Today European XFEL celebrated successfully guiding the X-ray laser beam into the experiment hall. This marks another important milestone in the preparation for the start of user operation in September. Read the press release: http://www.xfel.eu/news/2017/first_beam_in_the_european_xfel_experiment_hall/

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Biggest X-ray laser in the world generates its first laser light

With its first lasing, the European XFEL reaches the last big milestone before the official opening see the press announcement: http://www.xfel.eu/news/2017/european_xfel_generates_its_first_laser_light/

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China Develops World’s Brightest VUV Free Electron Laser Research Facility

A team of Chinese scientists announced on Jan. 15 that they have developed a new bright VUV FEL light source, the Dalian Coherent Light Source (DCLS), which can deliver world’s brightest FEL light in an energy range from 8 to … Continue reading

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First Call for Proposals for Early User Experiments at the Femtosecond X-Ray Experiment (FXE) and Single Particles, Clusters, and Biomolecules & Serial Femtosecond Crystallography (SPB/SFX) Instruments at the European XFEL

The European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Facility (European XFEL) is expecting to see first X-ray FEL light in the first half of 2017 and plans to start the Early User Experiment programme shortly thereafter. For more information about the call and … Continue reading

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European XFEL starts commissioning of the world’s largest X-ray laser

“European XFEL, a large international research facility with eleven European member countries, has begun the commissioning of the 3.4-km long underground X-ray laser. …. The commissioning will take place over the following next few months. External scientists will be able … Continue reading

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Free Electron Laser Strategic Review published by STFC (Aug. 31st 2016)

http://www.stfc.ac.uk/about-us/our-purpose-and-priorities/planning-and-strategy/fel-strategic-review/fel-strategy/ “Recognising the importance of Free Electron Lasers (FELs) for the UK science community, STFC commissioned a strategic review of FEL science and facility access. The purpose of the strategic review is to guide STFC’s planning over the next five … Continue reading

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Summary of the UK Bio-XFEL Single Particle Imaging Workshop (2-3 June 2016, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory) has been published.

See here.

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Third FELs of Europe Newsletter has been published

See: http://www.fels-of-europe.eu/news__events/newsletter/

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First electrons accelerated in European XFEL

A crucial component of the European XFEL has taken up operation: The so-called injector, the 45-metre long first part of the superconducting particle accelerator, has accelerated its first electrons to nearly the speed of light. This is the first beam … Continue reading

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