Press releases of the year 2005

  • 2005/11/24 The People’s Republic of China Plans to Participate in the European X-ray Laser Project XFEL
  • 2005/08/03 Start of Free-Electron Laser at DESY German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder visits worldwide unique facility With the symbolic push of a button, German Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder handed over the new free-electron laser VUV-FEL at the research center DESY to the scientists on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 3. “This worldwide unique pioneering facility for free-electron lasers for the generation of X-ray radiation is thus now at the disposal of the scientific users,” comments Professor Albrecht Wagner, Chairman of the DESY Board of Directors, who welcomed the chancellor together with Hamburg’s Science Senator Jörg Dräger, Ph.D.
  • 2005/02/15 Giant Neutrino Telescope Takes Shape Important Milestone for the International IceCube Project A key first step has been taken in the construction of IceCube, a giant neutrino telescope spanning a volume of one cubic kilometer of ice at the South Pole: Working under harsh Antarctic conditions, an international team of scientists, engineers and technicians – among them scientists from the DESY research center – has successfully deployed a first critical part of the telescope, a string of 60 optical detectors, in a 2.4-kilometer-deep hole drilled into the Antarctic ice. Comprising a total of at least 70 such strings, the $272 million telescope will be the largest scientific instrument ever built. Designed to detect cosmic neutrinos – ghost-like high-energy particles from deep space – it will open up a new window to the sky and allow scientists to investigate the still-mysterious sources of cosmic rays.
  • 2005/01/24 Nine Countries Plan to Participate in the XFEL Important Milestone for the European Research Project An important milestone has been reached on the way towards the realization of the European X-ray laser XFEL: With France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, nine countries have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which they agree to jointly prepare the foundation of the facility. “Even if this declaration of intent is not yet a formal pledge, we are confident that these countries will then also participate in the construction and operation of the XFEL,” declared the chairman of the international XFEL steering committee, Dr. Hermann Schunck from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.