The Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) is a centre of excellence for photon science at next-generation light sources that is unique in Europe. CFEL is a novel cooperation between DESY, the Max Planck Society (MPG) and the University of Hamburg aimed at further intensifying the collaboration between universities and non-university institutions. Across all borders of scientific disciplines and institutions, the CFEL members strive to fathom the full potential of the new free-electron lasers.
A unique centre of excellence
CFEL was designed to advance science with next-generation light sources. Thanks to their temporal resolution of a few femtoseconds (quadrillionths of a second) and their extreme intensities (one million times higher than before), these new light sources enable scientists to observe and analyse dynamical processes and structural changes of atoms, molecules, solids, plasmas or biological systems in real time.
The three CFEL partners – DESY, the Max Planck Society and the University of Hamburg – join forces to explore structural changes of atoms, molecules, condensed, biological, or warm dense matter on femtosecond time scales. CFEL envisions uncovering the "dynamics of matter" by uniting expertise from various disciplines and research institutions into a new interdisciplinary and synergistic effort. CFEL sets new standards in particular for research in the field of bio- and nanomaterials.