HI Jena

Helmholtz Institute Jena, Germany

The Helmholtz Institute Jena is an outstation of the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research on the campus of the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. Additional partner institutes are the Helmholtz centers DESY and HZDR. The institute is mainly focused on applied and fundamental research at the borderline of high-power lasers and particle accelerator facilities.

Thus, the HI Jena provides important contributions to future research projects currently being designed and built. Such projects include FAIR at the GSI Helmholtz Center, the FEL photon sources FLASH and XFEL at DESY. Moreover, it will effectively strengthen FSU Jena’s research profile by facilitating new areas of research and significantly stimulate cooperation between the participating Helmholtz Centers and the university.

The HI Jena is an institute of the Helmholtz Association and, as such, a competence center for developments in the area of high-power laser systems, especially in the interplay with accelerator facilities and ion sources, as well as in the corresponding optical techniques and components.

Apart from the development of future laser technologies, existing high-power laser systems with peak outputs on the order of petawatts (PHELIX at GSI Darmstadt, POLARIS in Jena) are being developed further. Research is done to improve beam quality, increase repetition rates and boost energy efficiency by employing new cooling techniques.

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Helmholtz Institute Jena, Fröbelstieg 3, 07743 Jena, Germany Jena
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FAX. +49 3641 947 602
HI Jena
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Laserlab-Europe offers unique research opportunities to scientists from all over Europe and to a limited extent also to scientists from outside Europe. Access is provided

• to world-class laser research facilities,
• to a large variety of inter-disciplinary research, including life sciences,
• free of charge, including travel and accommodation.

Access is provided on the basis of scientific excellence of the proposal, reviewed by an external and independent Selection Panel. Priority is given to new users. A typical access project has a duration of 2 to 4 weeks. Applications for longer visits are highly exceptional.

Details about the submission procedure can be found here. Applicants are encouraged to contact any of the facilities directly to obtain additional information and assistance in preparing a proposal. Applications for access are possible anytime.

We particularly welcome young scientists and scientists who have never used lasers in their research before. Laserlab-Europe strives to promote gender equality in scientific research and specifically encourages applications from women.