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Načrtovanje in izvedba projekta FERMIŽElettra, laserja na osnovi prostih elektronov, ki deluje v območjih vakuumske ultravijolične svetlobe (VUV) in mehkih rentgenskih žarkov (Slovene)

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
1.02.05  Natural sciences and mathematics  Physics  Medium- and high-energy physics 

Code Science Field
1.03  Natural Sciences  Physical sciences 
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (3)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  32211  PhD Romain Bachelard  Physics  Researcher  2010 - 2012  18 
2.  29437  PhD Giovanni De Ninno  Physics  Head  2009 - 2012  164 
3.  18084  PhD Gregor Veble  Physics  Researcher  2009  55 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  1540  University of Nova Gorica  Nova Gorica  5920884000  14,352 
Significance for science
A strong need has emerged over the last few years, for a source of radiation with extremely high brilliance, close to full coherence, a bandwidth approaching the Fourier limit and with a stable and well-characterized temporal structure in the femtosecond and picosecond time domain. Such a source is the single-pass FEL that has the potential for producing light pulses with peak brilliance many orders of magnitude higher than that generated in present third generation sources and with sub-picosecond pulse lengths. The investigation domain opened by the new sources cover essentially all basic science fields giving access to explorations of matter in practically unexplored regimes. The scientific opportunities will in fact impact studies of a large number of disciplines ranging from materials and biomaterials sciences, nanosciences, plasma physics, molecular and cluster femto- and nano- physics and chemistry, as well as having various connections to life, environmental, astrophysical and earth sciences. ST is presently engaged in the design and construction of a new single-pass FEL, named FERMI@Elettra. FERMI@Elettra will operate in single-pass regime. It will initially cover the spectral range between 100 nm and 20 nm (FEL-1) and then, in a second stage (FEL-2), will aim at reaching shorter wavelengths (? 10 nm). FERMI@Elettra will be the first user facility based on the principle of seeded harmonic generation. The theoretical activity carried out during this year allowed to get a deep insight into the working principle and the design needs of FEL-1. The latter are very similar to the ones of any future FEL relying on seeded harmonic generation. Obtained results also allowed to elaborate a clear strategy for the commissioning of FEL-1, as well as to determine the required electron-beam quality. The experiments performed on the Elettra storage-ring FEL resulted in the optimization of a FEL source with presently unique characteristics.
Significance for the country
The scientific and technological content of the research activities we are carrying out result in an intense and fruitful transfer of knowledge between the Univeristy of Nova Gorica and Sincrotrone Trieste from on one side, and private companies on the other. Moreover, in view of the need of state-of-the art instrumentation, which is required for the implementation of FERMI, new companies have been and will be created. This will result in the realization of a network of both public research institutions and private enterprises. The project has been propedeutic to the preparation of the project CITIUS, to be funded in the framework of INTERREG Italy-Slovenia 2007-2013. CITIUS, which involves four slovenian parteners (i.e., the universities of Nova Gorica and Ljubljana, as well as two private companies), has a budget of about 2.8 Meuro. Project’s aim is to build a new Centre of Excellence located at Nova Gorica university, based on the development of a new high-power light source, and on its use for experiments in different scientific and technological fields. The project we developed is perfectly integrated with an initiative that will definitely increase the visibility and the scientific impact of Slovenia at a Europena level. Such an initiative is that of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI: http://cordis.europa.eu/esfri/), which in 2006 has produced the first "Roadmap" of the research infra-structures of pan-European interest to be realized during the next 15 years. Indeed, FERMI is one of the infra-structures included in the ESFRI Roadmap 2006. The expected impact for the economy and society includes the promotion of the cooperation between research institutions.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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