Collaborations and EU Programmes

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Establishment of European Free-Electron Laser Collaboration.

On the 31.05.2012 ten European research centres, including PSI agreed on a long-term close collaboration in the field of free-electron lasers and accelerator-based short-pulse sources. With combined efforts, the technologies and methods will be further developed and implemented for operation and use of these novel research facilities, thus creating a unique top level research infrastructure for science in Europe, offering optimal experimental conditions for a wide range of applications. Today, in the margins of the ERF workshop “Socio-economic Relevance of Research Infrastructures”, this collaboration agreement was signed at DESY by representatives of all institutes. Read more
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PSI-SwissFEL cooperates within the EU research network CRISP of eleven new European research infrastructures.

CRISP is a partnership which builds collaborations and creates long-term synergies between research infrastructures on the ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructure) Roadmap in the field of physics, astronomy and analytical facilities to facilitate their implementation and enhance their efficiency and attractiveness. Read more
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The PaNdata Open Data Infrastructure project (PaNdataODI) started in October 2011.

PSI-SwissFEL is part of PANdata ODI. PaNdata-ODI will develop, deploy and operate an Open Data Infrastructure across the participating facilities with user and data services which support the tracing of provenance of data, preservation, and scalability through parallel access. It will be instantiated through three virtual laboratories supporting powder diffraction, small angle scattering and tomography

EuroFEL Consortium

EuroFEL is a distributed Free Electron Laser (FEL) facility that joins complementary national FEL facilities into a unique European Research Infrastructure. The IRUVX-PP preparatory phase of the EuroFEL consortium was funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme for a period of three years. IRUVX-PP ended on the 31.04.2011 and an MoU was signed on the 31.05.2012.

European XFEL

The European XFEL is a research facility currently under construction in the Hamburg area, Germany. From 2015 on, it will generate extremely intense X-ray flashes to be used by researchers from all over the world. Switzerland is shareholder of the European XFEL company through PSI. PSI has collaboration with European XFEL regarding: Cavity BPM’s and PIXEL detectors.

Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron DESY

MoU with DESY, May 2008, as framework for collaborative activities.
Present items: LLRF,gun solenoid support system, bunch compressor design.


MoU with ELETTRA, May 2008, as framework for collaborative activities.
Present items: on X-band cavities.

INFN Istituto nazionale di fisica nucleare - LNF

MoU with INFN-LNF, July 2008, as framework for collaborative activities.
Present items: deflecting cavities.


MoU with SLAC, October 2008, as framework for collaborative activities.
Present items: X-band klystrons, LCLS gun.


MoU with CERN, April 2009 as framework for collaborative activities.
Present items: X-band cavity and klystron, girder design studies,cavity and RF component fabrication techniques.

CANDLE-Center for the Advancement of Natural Discoveries using Light Emission/Armenia

Collaboration with CANDLE/Armenia.
Present items: beam dynamics, FEL physics studies.

SPRING 8/Japan

MoU with SPRING 8, October 2006.
Present items: undulator development.