This afternoon László Lovász visited the research centre. The president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences took a tour around the building complex accompanied by ELI directors, where he gained knowledge about the possibilities of the infrastructure and the ongoing work processes.
UK-based component maker Optical Surfaces says it has now produced a 600 mm diameter mounted reference flat mirror that will enable Thales to align beam expanders in the giant laser system being built for the Romanian element of Europe's Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) project.
ELI-ALPS in conjunction with the other ELI-pillars were exhibitors at the Laser World of Photonics in Munich. This biennial international event was the perfect to introduction of the laser research centre in Szeged to the wider Laser community as well as networking with potential users.
The Grand Opening Ceremony of ELI-ALPS took place in Szeged today. At the event speeches were given by Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary and Lóránt Lehrner managing director, followed by a presentation of professor Ferenc Krausz, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics.
The kick-off meeting for the implementation of the pump laser of energetic THz pulses took place on 9 March in Szeged. According to the implementation strategy of the THz capability of ELI-ALPS, the parametres of the pump laser have been provided by the developer of the THz sources and laboratory, Prof. János Hebling and his colleagues at the University of Pécs.
The directors of the three ELI-pillars and ELI Delivery Consortium, the organisation responsible for their coordination, met in Szeged. The members of ELI-DC, ELI Beamlines, ELI Nuclear Physics and ELI Attosecond reviewed the progression so far, reported on the current status of the three projects and discussed the forthcoming strategy and tasks, from negotiatiing with candidate countries to participating at scientific exhibitions and conferences.
In Salamanca, the delegation met with representatives from Spanish research centres. After the mutual presentations, new connections were formed with the attending participants Lóránt Lehrner, the Managing Director, the Research Technology Director, Károly Osvay, and the Surface Plasma Attosource Group leader, Subhendu Kahaly.
Our managing director Lóránt Lehrner and research technology director Károly Osvay signed a memorandum of understanding at the Embassy of France with the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).
Continuing the TRINNO project's series of interregional learning workshops to identify EU good practices, partners and stakeholders from business support ecosystems in Italy, Hungary, Ireland, Slovenia and Spain recently met in Galway, Ireland for a two day exchange event.
The Wolfgang Sandner Scientific Excellence Prize for early career scientists recognizes outstanding instrumental, experimental or theoretical contributions to the scientific field of extreme light research and applications.