30 October 2015
Today, Sander Dekker – the Dutch State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science - officially opens the FELIX Laboratory and the neighboring Experimental garden on the campus of Radboud University.
In the FELIX Laboratory, free-electron lasers produce very intense, 'tailored' light for various types of research. FELIX’s three lasers FELIX, FLARE and FELICE generate short-pulse infrared and terahertz (THz) light which can be used by biologists, chemists, physicists and even astrophysicists to investigate for instance 3D structure, electronic properties and dynamics of matter.
FELIX, HFML & FOM
The FELIX Laboratory is a merger of the free electron lasers and staff from the FELIX facility in the FOM institute, previously located in Rijnhuizen, and the FLARE laser which has been developed in Nijmegen and is operational since 2011. The new, combined facility has been open for users since 2013 - however, with some limitations - and has become fully operational just recently.
In the summer of 2015, the FELIX Laboratory was connected to its neighbor, the High Field Magnet Laboratory HFML which hosts some of the most powerful magnets in the world. The combination of these continuous high magnetic fields with light from the FELIX lasers offers scientists the possibility to study matter and materials in conditions that cannot be found anywhere else. Although the beamline between FELIX and HFML has only recently been completed, the first successful measurements have already been done. FOM is partner in both HFML and FELIX, which both form a FOM focus group.
More information about the FELIX Laboratory (youtube).