19-23 May 2014
Europe/Zurich timezone

Facility visit

Facility Visit

Participants are invited to visit different DESY facilities on Wednesday and Thursday and can choose from one of the following three options:

The Relativistic Electron Gun for Atomic Exploration provides high quality electron bunches for time resolved diffraction experiments and serves as a test bed for accelerator R&D. REGAE the Relativistic Electron Gun for Atomic Exploration is a small electron accelerator build and operated within the framework of the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science CFEL, i.e. in a collaboration of the Max Planck Society, the University of Hamburg and DESY. REGAE provides high quality electron bunches for time resolved diffraction experiments and serves as test bed for accelerator R&D.
Accelerator R&D concentrates on topics related to the challenging beam parameter requirements for diffraction experiments as beam dynamics, diagnostics of low charge beams and synchronization issues. Beyond this REGAE will be used to probe laser induced plasma waves within the LAoLA  project.
For more information: http://regae.desy.de / http://laola.desy.de/

In the "Accelerator Module Test Facility", all cavities and accelerator modules of the later serial production are tested under operating conditions before being installed into the European XFEL tunnel.

The Hamburg area will soon boast a research facility of superlatives: The European XFEL will generate ultrashort X-ray flashes – 27 000 times per second and with a brilliance that is a billion times higher than that of the best conventional X-ray radiation sources. Smaller, faster, more intense: The European XFEL will open up areas of research that were previously inaccessible. Using the X-ray flashes of the European XFEL, scientists will be able to map the atomic details of viruses, decipher the molecular composition of cells, take three dimensional images of the nanoworld, film chemical reactions and study processes such as those occurring deep inside planets.

The X-ray laser is an 3.4-km-long facility which runs essentially underground and comprises three sites above ground. It will begin on the DESY site in Hamburg-Bahrenfeld and runs mostly underground to the XFEL research site, which is to be erected south of the town of Schenefeld (Pinneberg district, Schleswig-Holstein).
For more information: http://www.xfel.eu/overview/in_brief/