International Project ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure)
The Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI)Project, included in the ESFRI roadmap since 2006, envisages the realization of a distributed infrastructure based on three sites located in Eastern Europe (Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary). ELI Preparatory Phase has been funded by the European Union with the support by 40 research institutions stemming from 13 countries. In 2009, the Steering Committee issued a mandate to Romania, Czech Republic and Hungary to jointly implement the ELI Project through the construction of an infrastructure distributed on 3 seats (pillars):
- ELI – Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) in Magurele (Romania);
- ELI-Beamlines in Prague (Czech Republic);
- ELI – Attosecond Light Pulse Source (ELI-ALPS) in Szeged (Hungary).
The construction of the three pillars is entirely funded by EU structural funds. The beginning of operation of the infrastructure was originally planned in the second half of 2017. “Friendly” user operation is expected to start in 2019.
“ELI-ITALY” is part of the Italian Network On Extreme Light Infrastructure
CNR and INFN actively contributed to ELI Preparatory Phase. In 2012, INFN, CNR and Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste submitted to the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research a long term joint research proposal to be implemented through a coordinated commitment of the scientists from the three institutions with the objective to develop know-how for a perspective expert use of the facilities by the National community and contribute to the realization of the three pillars.
ELI-Italy at ILIL
The activity at the Intense Laser Irradiation Laboratory Focuses On High Energy Particle Generation via Laser-Plasma Acceleration and Applications to Life Sciences. This is carried out through experimental studies on several aspects of LPA, including Laser-Plasma wave excitation schemes, internal Injection mechanisms, Laser-target Interaction For X-ray Generation and Ion Acceleration, Compact Schemes for X-and gamma-ray Generation. As part of the ELI-Italy project, the ILIL laboratory has implemented an enhancement of the laser infrastructure, called ILIL-PW, which includes an upgrade of the ultra-high-power laser up to 240 TW and a new high-intensity experimental target area, equipped with radiological shielding, with remote control and long short focusing configurations.