Researchers at the DESY research centre near Hamburg, Germany, said bringing the laser to life for the first time "marks a new era of research in Europe"
The DESY research centre near Hamburg, Germany, said May 4 that bringing the laser to life for the first time “marks a new era of research in Europe.”
Operators say the first laser pulse lasted one second, a frequency that will be increased to 27,000 flashes per second by the start of September, when it officially opens for research.
Scientists hope the European XFEL (X-ray free-electron laser) project will open up new areas of research, such as mapping the molecular structure of new drugs and seeing biochemical reactions in real time.
Institutions from Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland are involved in the project.