Center for Free Electron Laser Science (CFEL)
DESY is represented by two Experimental Research Divisions one for Coherent Imaging of Henry Chapman and the second for Ultrafast Optics and X-rays of Franz X. Kärtner and CFEL Theory Division of Robin Santra. Within the Coherent Imaging Division an independent research group Controlled Molecule Imaging is led by Jochen Küpper.
The Max Planck Society is represented by the Research Department for Structural Dynamics, funded in cooperation with the University of Hamburg. This comprises currently two experimental divisions:The first division focuses on Condensed Matter Dynamics and is directed by Andrea Cavalleri. Within this division, an independent junior research group is led by Adrian Cavalieri. The Max Planck Research Group for Atomically Resolved Dynamics directed by Dwayne Miller represents the second division and will be complemented with an independent junior research group soon. Finally an independent junior research group with a theoretical focus will complete the whole Research Department for Structural Dynamics in the near future.
Furthermore, the Max Planck Society has established a Max Planck Advanced Study Group. This new concept for intersectional collaboration, with presently eight individual MPIs and a group of ten scientists and technicians at CFEL, shall support, enable and develop interdisciplinary MP-research at FELs, in atomic, molecular, plasma and biophysics as well as in chemistry.
The University of Hamburg is represented by an Advanced Study Group covering various research directions of the Physics department of the University , e.g. detector development, laser physics, ultra short X-ray physics and X-ray spectroscopy and dynamics.
In June 2009, the construction of the CFEL building started with the ground-breaking. The foundation stone was laid as a first milestone on September 29th 2009; the topping out ceremony took place inJuly 2010, and the final completion of the building is planned for early fall 2011.