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Unique coating laboratory established at ELI Beamlines

Date Announced: 16 Apr 2024

Czechia-based esearch center working to complete installation of the ELIAS system.

Pictured: The new coating laboratory, is a crucial step towards the implementation of the IMPULSE and THRILL projects.

Dolní Břežany, Czech Republic -- The ELI Beamlines research center is working to complete the installation of the revolutionary ELIAS system. This system, which forms the core of the new coating laboratory, is a crucial step towards the implementation of the IMPULSE and THRILL projects, funded by the European Horizon Europe programme, which aim to push the boundaries of laser technologies and nanostructured multilayers.

The ELIAS system, equipped with a vacuum chamber for thin film evaporation, is a key component of the laboratory. The chamber, made of special stainless steel, weighs 12 tons and its dimensions allow the application of layers on optical elements up to 1200 mm in size. The technology, developed in collaboration with the Czech company Streicher and American Vacuum Innovations, ensures the high uniformity and durability of the deposited layers, which is essential for mirrors, diffraction gratings and vacuum windows used in large laser systems.

Daniel Kramer, the Optics and Coatings Group Leader, emphasizes the uniqueness of this system: “Due to its size and advanced technology, ELIAS enables the deposition of layers at a previously unattainable quality. This breakthrough opens the door to further developments in the field of high-energy lasers with ultrashort pulses,” he said.

The Coating Laboratory at ELI Beamlines, established with the support of the European Commission and in the framework of a broad international collaboration, is becoming a unique center for the development of new generations of lasers. It focuses on improving the durability and efficiency of key optical components, which is fundamental to the long-term reliability of laser systems.

About ELI Beamlines

The ELI Beamlines Facility is a leading laser research center and part of Extreme Light Infrastructure ERIC pan-European Research Infrastructure hosting the world’s most intense lasers. ELI provides unique tools of support for scientific excellence in Europe. ELI Beamlines developed and operates four leading edge high-power femtosecond laser systems reaching unprecedent intensities. ELI Beamlines offers to its users unique femtosecond sources of X-rays and accelerated particles. These beamlines enable pioneering research not only in physics and material science, but also in life science, laboratory astrophysics, chemistry with strong application potential.

Currently, several of the main laser beamlines are operational and are being expanded and upgraded to reach their full performance and maximum availability. Other laser beamlines are in commissioning and new cutting-edge laser sources are in the design and development phase. The ELI Beamlines Facility builds on 350 researchers, engineers and other professionals from more than 28 countries.


Extreme Light Infrastructure ERIC
ELI Beamlines Facility
Za Radnicí 835
252 41 Dolní Břežany
Czech Republic
Tel.: +420 266 051 109

E-mail: elibeamlinesinfo@eli-beams.eu

Web Site: eli-beams.eu

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