X-ray Laser Cooperation within the scope of TESLA

With the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding DESY and the accelerator center SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center) in California, USA, set the seal on their intention to start a close collaboration in X-ray laser research and to make joint efforts to promote this trendsetting field of research.

The Memorandum of Understanding establishes a "Collaborative Research Effort to Enable the Exploitation of the Scientific Capabilities of the Linac Coherent Light Source (SLAC project LCLS) and the TESLA X-Ray Free-Electron Laser". The Memorandum was signed on Friday, November 1, in the Department of Energy (DOE) in Washington by Professor Jonathan Dorfan, Director of SLAC, and the DESY Directors Professor Albrecht Wagner and Professor Jochen R. Schneider.

Among others, the Memorandum describes the exchange of personnel, equipment, research results and data, as well as know-how. This will accelerate and contribute to the scientific programs of both facilities, which complement one another in their qualities and, according to current planning, will start operation in 2008 and 2011 respectively. The first step will be the joint benefit from the research results from each of the small pilot facilities which are already under construction in Stanford and Hamburg.