Oct 19 – 22, 2015
Eli Building Dolní Brežany & Štiřín Castle
CET timezone


Day Venue Morning Afternoon Evening


ELI Dolní Břežany
  14:30 - 16:30 Festive Ceremony - Opening of the ELI Building  
Tuesday Štiřín Castle Plenary Lectures Plenary Lectures  
Wednesday Štiřín Castle Plenary Lectures Plenary Lectures Poster Session
Thursday Štiřín Castle User Meetings User Meetings  

The conference covers the main scientific directions contained in the research programs of ELI Beamline project application. The direct contact with scientists from different fields and potential users will enable a sharpening of the program and a tuning of the experimental capabilities towards excellent research foreseen with the advanced high intensity high repetition rate lasers and secondary sources. Detailed information about the experimental areas the anticipated equipment and technical and theoretical user support will be given.

Monday, October 19

13:15 Express Registration at the Stirin Castle (distribution of name badges only)
13:30 Bus Transport from the Stirin Castle
to the ELI Beamlines in Dolni Brezany
14:30-17:00 Grand Opening Ceremony
17:30 Bus Transport back to the Stirin Castle

Tuesday, October 20

The time of beginning of the session is subject to change and will be confirmed as soon as possible.
07:45   Bus departure from Praha  
09:00 09:05 Georg KORN Welcome
09:05 09:45 Georg KORN & Bedřich RUS
ELI Beamlines, Czech Republic
Introduction of the ELI Beamlines Research Programmes
09:45 10:25 Gerard MOUROU
IZEST, Ecole Polytechnique, France
Extreme Light from Atomic to Subatomic Physics and Applications
10:25 11:05 Ferenc KRAUSZ
MPI Garching, Germany
Attosecond Metrology 2.0
11:05 11:20 COFFEE  BREAK  
11:20 11:55 Rienk van GRONDELLE
VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Quantum Design of Photosynthesis
11:55 12:30 Luis SILVA
Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa, Portugal
In Silico Plasmas at the Extreme
12:30 14:00 LUNCH BREAK Restaurant ATIS
14:00 14:35 Vladimir TIKHONCHUK
CELIA, Bordeaux, France
Laboratory Astrophysics: From Collisionless Shocks to Quantum Effects
14:35 15:10 Wim LEEMANS
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Experiments at BELLA Center Towards Colliders and Light Sources
15:10 15:45 Stefan KARSCH
LMU München, Germany
All-optical Hard X-ray Sources
15:45 16:20 Hiroshi AZECHI
Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University
LFEX High Energy Multi Peta-Watt Laser and Its Applications for High Energy Density Science
16:20 16:35 COFFEE BREAK  
16:35 17:10 Christoph KEITEL
MPIK Heidelberg, Germany
High-energy Quantum Physics with Extreme Lasers
17:10 17:45 Matt ZEPF
Queen´s University Belfast, United Kingdom
Experimental Tests of High Intensity QED
17:45 18:20 Contantin HAEFNER
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
Development of the High Repetition Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System for ELI-Beamlines: Technology and Commissioning Status
19:00   Bus deparure
from Štirin to Praha                                      

Wednesday, October 21
7:30   Bus depature from Prague  
08:30 09:05 Thomas COWAN
HZDR Dresden, Germany
Probing Relativistic Laser Plasmas on the Nanometer Scale with Femtosecond Coherent X-rays
09:05 09:40 Shaul MUKAMEL
University California, Irvine, USA
Nonlinear Multidimensional Stimulated X-ray Raman Spectroscopy of Molecules; Novel  Ultrafast Probes of Electron and Nuclear Dynamics
09:40 10:15 Kornelius NIELSCH
Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden, Germany
Chalcogenide-type Nanostructures: Topological Insulator Nature Versus Thermoelectric Performance.
10:15 10:50 Jochen KÜPPER
CFEL, Hamburg, Germany
Controlled Molecule Imaging
10:50 11:05 COFFEE BREAK  
11:05 11:40 Stefano ATZENI
University of Rome, Italy
Light for Controlled Fusion: A Perspective on Laser Driven Inertial Fusion
11:40 12:15 Andreas MAIER
CFEL/University of Hamburg, Germany
Plasma-Driven Free Electron Lasers
12:15 12:50 Eric CONSTANT
CNRS, CELIA, Université Bordeaux 1, France
High Order Harmonic Generation with Ultrashort, High Energy TW Laser
12:50 14:00 LUNCH BREAK  
14:00 14:35 Florian GRÜNER
CFEL/University of Hamburg, Germany
High Rep-rate, High Power Lasers: an Indispensable Tool for Novel Medical Imaging
14:35 15:10 Marco BORGHESI
The Queen's University of Belfast, United Kingdom
Recent Experimental Advances in Laser Driven Ion Acceleration and Applications
15:10 15:45 Andrea MACCHI
CNR/INO & Physics Dept., Pisa, Italy
High Field Plasmonics and Laser-Plasma Acceleration
15:45 16:00 COFFEE BREAK  
16:00 16:35 Francois AMIRANOFF            
CILEX, Paris, France
Overview and Perspectives of the Apollon Multi-PW Laser Facility
16:35 17:10 Jianqiang ZHU
SIOM Shanghai, China
Construction Status of SG-II Multi-Petawatt Laser System
17:10 17:45 Colin DANSON
AWE, Aldermaston, United Kingdom
The Orion Facility: Performance, Developments and Operations
17:45 18:10 Jiri POLIVKA
Biomedical Center in Pilsen, Czech Republic
Biomedical Center in Pilsen - Biological Models for the Potential Radiobiology Experiments at ELI-Beamlines
18:10 18:35 Bohdan SCHNEIDER
Institute of Biotechnology, Czech Republic
Proposed Collaboration ELI/BIOCEV: Adding Time Dimension to Biological Processes
18:35 18:45 BREAK  
18:45 20:00 POSTER SESSION The poster session is open for all registered participants. Feel free to register your poster for the presentation.
Print the programme.

Thursday, October 22
Prospective User Meetings

Prospective User Meetings will be held in 3 parallel sessions and their topics will cover all ELI Beamlines research programmes.

The detailed time schedule is available HERE on the home page.

* IS=invited speaker
WORKSHOP 1 - Salm Hall
Applications in Molecular, Biomedical, Material Sciences

Jakob ANDREASSON (ELI Beamlines, Czech Republic)
Applications in Molecular, Bio and Materials sciences

John BOZEK (Soleil Synchrotron, France) *IS
Experience with First Experiments on the AMO Instrument at LCLS

Christian BRESSLER (European XFEL Hamburg, Germany) *IS
Femtochemistry with X-rays: Using New Observables Towards an Ultimate High-speed Molecular Camera

Petr BRUZA (ELI Beamlines, Czech Republic)
Plasma X-ray source and experimental station for X-ray scattering, diffraction, spectroscopy and imaging

Jaroslav NEJDL (ELI Beamlines, Czech Republic)
Higher Harmonic Beamline and Betatron a Compton scattering at ELI Beamlines

Miroslav KLOZ (ELI Beamlines, Czech Republic)
Optical probes and pump beams

Tomas LASTOVICKA (ElI Beamlines, Czech Republic)
Beamlines integration support team

Tomas POLIVKA (University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic)
Ultrafast Processes in Photosynthetic Pigments and Proteins

Lukas PRIBYL (ELI Beamlines, Czech Republic)
Laser driven Undulator X-ray source (LUX) Beamline

Michael RÜBHAUSEN (CFEL, Hamburg, Germany) *IS
Time Resolved VUV-Ellipsometry at ELI - Instrument and Scientific perspectives

Stephane SEBBAN (ELI Beamlines / RP2: Secondary light sources, Czech Republic)
Introduction to laser driven X-ray sources, Progress on fully coherent XUV plasma sources

WORKSHOP 2 - Suk Hall (Castle Building)
Ion and Electron Acceleration

Raffaele G. AGOSTINO (University of Calabria, Italy) *IS
The Star Facility: A Photon-electron Collider as a Source of Monochromatic X-Ray Oriented to Applications

Advanced Acceleration Mechanisms for Medical Applications of Laser Driven Ions

Michael BUSSMANN (HZDR, Dresden, Germany) *IS
PIConGPU: A fast & free Tool for Eelectron Plasma Acceleration and Radiation Emission Simulations, State of the Art and Future Vision

G.A.Pablo CIRRONE (INFN, LNS, Italy) *IS
ELIMED: a Transport Beamline for Medical and Multidisciplinary Applications at ELI-Beamlines

Satyabrata KAR (Queen´s University Belfast, UK) *IS
A Novel Scheme for Simultaneous Focussing, Energy Selection and Post-acceleration of Laser Driven Ions

HT KIM (APRI-GIST, South Korea) *IS
Electron Acceleration with a PW-class Laser: Advanced Experiments at APRI-GIST

Tadzio LEVATO (ELI Beamlines, Czech Republic)
The HELL Platform: High-energy Electron-acceleration by Laser 

Jiri LIMPOUCH (Czech Technical University, Prague) *IS
Numerical Simulations for the Optimization of Ion Acceleration by Intense Femtosecond Pulses

Daniele MARGARONE (ELI Beamlines, Czech Republic)
The ELIMAIA Beamline: ELI Multidisciplinary Applications of laser-Ion Acceleration

Martin PRECEK (ELI beamlines, Czech Republic) *IS
Radioation Chemistry with Secondary Particle Sources at ELI Beamlines
Marija VRANIC (GOLP-IPFN, IST, Lisbon, Portugal) *IS
TBA - Realistic Scenarios for Non-linear inverse Compton Scattering Experiments

WORKSHOP 3- Chval Hall (Chval House)
Plasma and High Energy Density Physics

Exotic Physics and Theory

Katerina FALK (ELI Beamlines, Czech Republic)
Warm Dense Matter Research at ELI Beamlines

Dino JAROSZYNSKI (SUPA Glasgow, United Kingdom) *IS

Sophia CHEN (LULI Paris, France) *IS
HED Future Challenges: SPRINT-LULI Take and Pathways for Collaboration with ELI

Yuxin LENG (SIOM Shanghai, China) *IS
Recent Progress on the Ultra-intense and Ultra-short Laser at SIOM

Zhaoyang LI (SIOM Shanghai, China) *IS
Near-transform-limit Pulse Compression  in a Femtosecond Multi-petawatt Laser

Paul McKENNA (SCAPA Glasgow, United Kingdom) *IS
Collective Electron and Ion Dynamics in the Relativistic Transparency Regime

Masakatsu MURAKAMI (ILE Osaka, Japan) *IS
Studies on High Energy Density Physics at ILE, Osaka

Oldřich RENNER (Institute of Physics AS CR, Czech Republic)
Prospective X-ray Spectroscopic Experiments at ELI-Beamlines

Stefan WEBER (ELI Beamlines, Czech Republic)
Plasma Physics at ELI-Beamlines: Infrastructure and Research

Ladislav DRSKA (Czech Technical University, Czech Republic)
Fundamental Physics with ELI: Exotic Matter Research

Research Programme 1

The objective of this Research Activity is to deliver the laser systems, the principal instruments and the backbone of the whole ELI facility. Tasks to be carried out will include scientific and engineering design of the laser system and of its individual components and subsystems, development of selected components, assembling, testing and optimization of individual sections of the laser. Essential element underpinning all of these efforts will be the international cooperation. Upon completion of the laser system and its commissioning for users, this Activity will continue the development of particular subsystems, especially the repetition rate Beamlines and the high-intensity multi-10-PW section.

Research Programme 2
X-ray Sources Driven by Ultrashort Laser Pulses

One of the main goals within the ELI scientific community is to produce ultrashort X-ray beamlines, both coherent as well as incoherent, paving the way towards imaging nature with atomic resolution both in space and time with university-lab sized devices. The laser-based sources of X-rays developed in the ELI Beamlines facilty have, in contrast to large-scale facilities such as third-generation synchrotrons or X-ray Free-Electron-Lasers (XFELs), the great perspective of offering much broader accessibility and the intrinsic synchronization between the optical driver laser and the generated X-ray pulses as well as the spectrum of different X-ray sources each delivering specific properties.
For transforming optical driver laser pulses into brilliant bursts of X-rays four paths are developed within this research activity:
  • High-order harmonic generation
  • Incoherent plasma X-ray sources
  • Radiation from relativistic electron beams (Betatron radiation / Compton source, XFEL)
  • Plasma-based X-ray lasers
Research Programme 3
Particle Acceleration by Lasers

ELI-Beamlines will offer the prospect of producing and studying versatile and stable particle (ions and electrons) sources, at high repetition rate, while enhancing simultaneously the high energy tail of the spectrum, the beam monochromaticity and the laser-to-particle conversion efficiency, all of which (especially the beam stability) being crucial points for the production of additional secondary sources. The Research Program 3 (RP3) will also focus on the demonstration of proof-of-principle experiments aimed to envision future societal applications in various areas (with a special attention to biomedical ones). Thus the optimization of particle beam quality and reproducibility (spatial profile, pointing, divergence and energy stability) will be a crucial issue.
The topics covered in the scientific programme through invited talks, as well as oral and poster contributions are:
  • Laser driven ion acceleration with PW and 10 PW class lasers
  • Laser driven electron acceleration with PW and 10 PW class lasers
  • Secondary sources generated by laser accelerated particle beams
  •  Applications of laser driven particle beams to biology, medicine, chemistry, material science and nuclear physics
  • Applications of laser driven particle beams in time-resolved pump-probe experiments
  • Applications of laser driven particle beams in high field physics
  • New facilities based on laser driven particle acceleration
Research Programme 4
Applications in Molecular, Biomedical, Material Sciences

Research Program 4 (RP4) at ELI Beamlines develops applications in Molecular, Bio-Medical and Materials Sciences. We are in the process of realizing a unique set of capabilities for time resolved experiments based on high power lasers and secondary light sources. Early experimental capabilities in the VUV and soft X-ray range include time-resolved Magneto-Optical Ellipsometry in the VUV range, Coherent Diffractive Imaging and Atomic Molecular and Optical (AMO) science. In the X-ray range we are developing instruments for time resolved Scattering, Diffraction, Absorption Spectroscopy and Phase Contrast Imaging as well as Pulse Radiolysis. The high intensity L1 laser will also be used directly to further develop applications in optical spectroscopy such as Stimulated Raman Scattering. These application are all interesting by themselves but the potentially greatest advantage of ELI Beamlines will be the possibility to combine these methods with perfect synchronization for complete investigations of complex phenomena. Enabling experiments will begin already in 2016 with the arrival of the L1 alignment lasers, user based commissioning with the 1 kHz L1 laser will proceed during 2017 and user operations will start in 2018.
Main topics:
  • Materials science for sustainable development
  • The quest for molecular movies
  • Mesoscopic science, the transition between the quantum world and classical physics
Research Programmes 5 & 6
Plasma and High Energy Density Physics
Exotic Physics and Theory

The research programs R5 and R6 are dedicated to plasma physics and laser-plasma interaction in the widest sense. Particular attention is given to ultra-intense laser-matter interaction, warm dense matter studies and laboratory astrophysics. Also addressed are plasma optics and inertial confinement fusion studies. An integral part of the research efforts is the tight focusing program in order to obtain the highest possible intensities in the focal spot. Theoretical and simulation efforts aim at preparing first experiments for UHI interaction physics.
The aforementioned activities are supported by a strong simulation program, which is possible due to an in-house high-performance computing cluster and an associated specialized group.
The plasma physics research group is designing and constructing a unique plasma physics platform (P3), which will be a multi-functional experimental infrastructure for any kind of research in the field of lasers interacting with plasmas based on the availability of multiple, synchronized laser beams operating at high repetition rate.
  • Warm Dense Matter
  • Astrophysics
  • Ultraintense Laser-Matter Interaction
  • Advanced Plasma Physics Experiments
  • Physics of Inertial Confinement on Medium-Size Facilities
  • Medium-Scale Laser-Plasma Infrastructures