Ministry of Education announced MSc program potential staff of Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics project

Newsroom 13/12/2012 | 11:04

At the official event organized for the signing of the contract between Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering and National Authority for Scientific Research for the Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics project, Education minister Ecaterina Andronescu announced the approval of a MSc program for those interested in working at the biggest laser project in Romania.

The project is implemented with European Commission funds and EUR 180 million are allocated for the first phase. The entire amount is of EUR 356 million. Of this sum, the Romanian government offers 17 percent, according to the Minister of Education.

About Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics project

Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) will be the only European and International Centre for high-level research on ultra-high intensity laser, laser-matter interaction and secondary sources with unparalleled possibilities. Its pulse peak power and briefness will go beyond the current state-of-the-art by several orders of magnitude. Because of its unique properties, this multidisciplinary facility will provide new opportunities to study the fundamental processes unfolded during light-matter interaction. ELI will create a platform where Extreme Light applications for the benefit of society will be dynamically promoted.

The ELI project, a collaboration of 13 European countries, will comprise four pillars:

High Energy Beam Science devoted to the development and usage of dedicated beam lines with ultra short pulses of high energy radiation and particles reaching almost the speed of light. This part of ELI will be realized inPrague(CzechRepublic)

Attosecond Laser Science designed to conduct temporal investigation of electron dynamics in atoms, molecules, plasmas and solids at attosecond scale (10-18 sec.).Szeged(Hungary) will host the short pulse pillar of ELI.

Laser-based Nuclear Physics pillar will be built in Magurele (near Bucharest/Romania) and will focus on laser-based nuclear physics. While atomic processes are well suited to the visible or near visible laser radiation, as a third pillar ELI-NP will generate radiation and particle beams with much higher energies, brilliances suited to studies of nuclear and fundamental processes.

Ultra High Field Science that will explore relativistic laser-matter interaction in an energy range where totally new phenomena like radiation dominated interaction become dominant. The decision on the location of the technologically most challenging pillar will be taken in 2012 after validation of the technology.

Photo courtesy of Extreme Light Infrastructure

Oana Vasiliu

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