The ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure) Laser Research Centre, using ultrahigh intensity laser, is being built with international cooperation at three different East European locations, but will operate under a single management and use a common research strategy.
The primary mission of the ELI-ALPS Szeged research facility is to make a wide range of ultrashort light sources accessible to the international scientific community user groups. Laser driven secondary sources emitting coherent extreme-ultraviolet (XUV) and X-ray radiation confined in attosecond pulses is a major research initiative of the infrastructure. The secondary purpose of the facility is to contribute to the necessary scientific and technological developments required for high peak intensity and high power lasers. The proprietors include Hungary, the Municipality of Szeged and the University of Szeged. The foundation stone of ELI was laid in a solemn ceremony on 6 February 2014 in Szeged. The construction is expected to be completed by the second half of 2016.