25 November 2013 ELI-ALPS user workshop

ICFO offers expertise in discussions of multidisciplinary opportunities for the future attosecond facility. The Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) is a billion Euro level project, selected by the European Strat¬egy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), for investigating the interaction between light and mat¬ter with the highest intensity and the shortest duration light pulses. ELI will open a doorway into new territories within phys¬ics and strong field physics, secure new technical developments as relativistic microelectronics and small laser particle accelera¬tors, and it will define new boundaries in numerous fields of materials sciences and medicine. ELI is distributed, according to its mission, in four locations: the ELI-Beamlines Facility at Prague, Czech Republic, the ELI-Nuclear Physics Facility in Magurele, Rumania, the ELI-Attosecond Facility (ELI-ALPS) at Szeged, Hungary, and a fourth site whose location as yet to be determined.

ELI-ALPS will be a unique attosecond facility with ultrashort and ultraintense light sources crossing from the THz into the x-ray regime.

The first ELI-ALPS user workshop was held on 21-22 November in Szeged Hungary to disseminate and discuss scientific opportunities with the upcoming ultra brilliant light pulses and particle beams of ELI-ALPS. ICREA Professor at ICFO Jens Biegert, who is one of the authors of the whitebook which provides the foundation for ELI, was one of the plenary speakers discussing multidisciplinary opportunities of ELI-ALPS. Of specific focus were new pathways in oncological screening which could permit early detection of cancer on the cellular level.

Hungarian National television covered the event, interviewing the directors of ELI, the director of the Wigner Biological Research Center, the head of Oncology at Szeged Faculty of Medicine, and ICFO Professor Jens Biegert.