Five, 50 metre-high laser lights began shining westwards Monday (August 28, 2017) across Hamburg’s skyline to Schenefeld where the world’s brightest X-ray light goes into user operation on Friday. The laser and the message projected onto the Kaispeicher warehouse at the base of the Elbphilharmonie welcomes European XFEL to the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. The lasers were set off from the Elbphilharmonie, the Philosopher’s Tower at the University of Hamburg, the E-Hochhaus building at the Hamburg University of Arts and Sciences (HAW Hamburg), the Hamburg Planetarium, and the offices of the Hamburg Department of Science, Research, and Equality (BWFG). In Schenefeld, five other lasers at the same height lit up the tunnel fan’s underground path at European XFEL. The installation over Hamburg’s night skies lasts until 1 am and will be staged every night until September 3.
Seat of cutting-edge research
Katharina Fegebank, Senator of Science, Research, and Equality, said: “Hamburg shines today and in the next few days particularly brightly for science – we are extremely proud that the European XFEL has found its home in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. This shows how well versed we are in providing the basic framework for cutting-edge research. For the next years, the European XFEL will ensure that Hamburg is the world’s best location for research into the structure of matter and gives the Bahrenfeld Research Campus as a whole a big boost.”
The 100-watt strong green laser from the Elbphilharmonie can be seen from a distance of up to 24 kilometres. The message “Welcome European XFEL”, displayed in the eleven languages of the partner countries of the international research facility, is projected onto the Kaiserspeicher.
European XFEL: “Elbphilharmonie of science”
Prof. Robert Feidenhans’l, Managing Director of European XFEL, said: “We are excited about this bright welcome from Hamburg. This adds more momentum to the preparation for user operation, towards which we are working with all of our energy. For a few days, the light installation draws attention to what most people can’t see under the ground: an 'Elbphilharmonie of Science’ that can, in concert with other research facilities in the metropolitan region, set new international standards.”
Eleven nations undertaking international research in region
Eleven countries including Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Spain and Hungary are taking part in European XFEL. Britain is currently in the process of joining the project. Germany’s Ministry of Education and Research and the states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein are funding 58 per cent of the costs, Russia 27 per cent while the other partner countries are footing 1 to 3 per cent of the costs.
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