Commissioning User Call

The primary mission of the ELI-ALPS Research Facility is to make accessible a wide range of the world's leading ultrashort light source pulses to user groups of the international scientific community. In order to serve the scientific needs of extreme light researches our institute is installing and developing such lasers, secondary sources, equipment and tools which can provide the possibility to gain unique results.
At the current phase of the project ELI-ALPS welcomes the submission of proposals for scientific experiments that will support the commissioning of the broad selection of resources available. (Please find the roll down list in the Users menu or scroll down here.)

ELI-ALPS invites you to join the challenging mission of the new Commissioning User Call 2020/01 in order to fine-tune the already installed and the newly operational research technology equipment.


The main purpose of these experiments is to engage the scientific community in the testing and the commissioning of these lasers and instruments through research. Furthermore, the aim of the facility is to improve and validate the procedures set up for user facility operation.

ELI-ALPS provides beamtime as well as technical and scientific support for the experiments. Parties shall bare their own costs arising in connection with the fulfilment of experiments. All proposals will be evaluated through a peer review procedure.,


Submission and review. Proposals should be submitted online.

The proposal submission is continuous. After submission the proposal will be evaluated and, if approved, access time is expected to be allocated between 3 and 8 months after the submission.

We encourage all applicants to discuss the proposed experiments with the User Office including the beamline staff prior to the submission of the proposal.

If the result of the technical feasibility and safety assessment by ELI-ALPS allows, the proposals will be reviewed by an international scientific expert panel. In this phase, a main review criterion will be the relevance of the proposed experiment to the commissioning process of the respective systems as well as how the experiment will explore the advanced technical opportunities offered by the research technology equipment.

The decision of the reviewers and the outcome of the feasibility assessment will be communicated to the proposers by the User Office.


As the experiments will be performed during the commissioning period of the facility and also serve the optimization of beyond the state of the art research technology equipment, please note that ELI-ALPS cannot guarantee either the full functionality or the maximum stability of the systems. All efforts will be made to ensure successful experiments and prevent any inconvenience, but ELI-ALPS reserves the right to reschedule or cancel an experiment on short notice.

The short layout of the main phases of the User Expweriment Proposal in ELI-ALPS


The proposal shall contain:

o    Brief description of the experiment
o    Expected results and their scientific impact
o    Research equipment(s) to be used for the experiment
o    Estimation of beamtime required
o    Consideration of relevant safety issues
o    Risks and constraints
o    References


IMPORTANT! Accepting the Terms and Conditions is a must to be able to submit.

GO TO 2020/001


Selection of resources - The currently available Equipments and Services for Users:

o    High Repetition rate laser systems - HR1 & HR2 Lasers
o    Single-cycle Optical Parametric Chirped Pulse Amplification system -  SYLOS2A
o    SYLOS Experiment Alignment – SEA
o    Mid-Infrared Laser System - MIR
o    HR Gas High-order Harmonic Generation - HRGHHG
o    NanoESCA

  • Photoemission Electron Microscopy (PEEM) mode
  • Momentum microscopy (k-space) mode
  • Spin filtered imaging mode

o    Nonlinear THz Spectroscopy Facility – NLTSF

  • Pump Laser
  • Pump Probe spectroscopy

o    Transient Absorption Spectrometer - TAS
o    Gas phase reaction chamber - GPRC
o    Velocity-Map Imaging Spectrometer - VMI-ES
o    Nanofabrication and Scanning Electron Microscope Laboratory - NanoFabLab
o    Biomedical Laboratory - BiomedLab
o    General Chemistry Laboratory - Chem Lab
o    Optical Workshops