The Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) Attosecond Light Pulse Source (ELI-ALPS; Szeged, Hungary) announced that Fastlite (Valbonne, France) has been award the contract to develop the project's mid-infrared laser system. Financial support for this implementation phase of the ELI-ALPS Research Centre is 119 million euros, 85% of which is provided by the European Union's Regional Development Fund. The project was launched at a ceremony in Budapest. Fastlite is now responsible for the detailed engineering design, construction, delivery, and installation of the system in Szeged.
Prof. Károly Osvay, research technology director of ELI-HU Non-profit, noted the scientific importance of the agreement, "This mid-infrared laser operates at the wavelength around 3.1 micrometers where water absorption decreases significantly. With the use of its 100 kHz repetition rate, it is an excellent tool to carry out low yield, ultrafast spectroscopic experiments on samples containing water; for example tissues and cells. A few cycle laser system operating at this unique wavelength provides us also with the opportunity to generate keV--the so called x-ray photons."
ELI is a European ESFRI project for the investigation of light-matter interactions at highest intensities and shortest time scales. It is a laser facility that aims to host some the most intense lasers world-wide, develop new interdisciplinary research opportunities with light from these lasers and secondary radiation derived from them, and make them available to an international scientific user community. The facility is based on four sites. Three of them are presently being implemented in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Romania, withinvestment exceeding 850 million Euro, mostly coming from European Regional Development Funds (ERDF).
VIDEO of plan for ELI-ALPS in Szeged, Hungary, currently under construction: