Enea and Sincrotrone Trieste: agreement to develop Free Electron Lasers (Press review)

ENEA and Sincrotrone Trieste signed a three-year agreement to extend and consolidate their collaborative efforts. The agreement concerns the development of free-electron lasers and their accelerators for the generation of laser radiation (coherent) to be used in the analysis and characterization of materials.

By merging the twenty-year experience acquired by the two institutions in this field, this collaborative effort aims at developing infrastructure that can provide the scientific and industrial communities with coherent radiation, in the range between Terahertz and X-rays, for a wide array of applications in many fields, including security, biomedicine, materials science, and cultural heritage.

The agreement provides for two main activities.
ENEA staff will participate in the development of the new FERMI@Elettra light source created by Sincrotrone Trieste: a free-electron laser (FEL) that has just become operational in Trieste, and which can produce ultra-brief flashes of coherent light at wavelengths ranging from the ultraviolet spectrum to X-rays, to be used to “illuminate” and “film” the dynamic properties of materials.

Physicists and researchers from Sincrotrone Trieste will participate in the design and construction of the FEL source known as CAESAR (Comprehensive Advanced Electron Source Amplified Radiation) operating in the spectrum complimentary to that of FERMI (Terahertz – Ultraviolet).
Both activities fall within ENEA’s institutional duties, concerning the implementation of complex applied research projects with the creation of infrastructure to facilitate technology transfers to the national productive system and the provision of advanced training.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 March 2012 16:20