Exploring New Realms of Science and Technology
Relevance for society and economy
Switzerland is a small country but nvertheless, it contributes to the global wealth of knowledge appreciably well. This fact attracts many brilliant minds and innovative companies from all over the world to Swiss universities and research centers. Preserving this reputation of excellence implies keeping pace with the state of the art in science and technology. Particularly in fields of such high economic impact like materials science, chemistry and biology, it will be crucial to have access to the new scientific horizons made available by a free-electron laser.
A leap forward for science
With their unrivalled brightness and short pulse duration, Free Electron Lasers (FEL) will support progress towards the development of faster and smaller magnetic storage devices, a better understanding of catalytic materials for chemistry, bring along dramatically improved imaging techniques for bio-molecules in drug discovery and provide new insights into poorly understood materials that are technologically appealing: