Amplitude Laser follows its partnership with Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) for science and medical research
By the end of year 2021, Amplitude will have a 60 Terawatt Pulsar laser installed first at DESY (Hamburg) and then at Karlsruher. This is in the frame of the ATHENA Project, research and development platform for accelerator technologies.
Developing innovative, compact particle accelerators for applications in science and medical research is the aim of the new “Accelerator Technology HElmholtz iNfrAstructure” (ATHENA) research and development platform for accelerator technologies. The platform is a collaboration of six Helmholtz centers (DESY, Jülich Research Centre, Helmholtz Centre Berlin, Helmholtz Centre Dresden-Rossendorf HZDR, KIT and GSI with the Helmholtz Institute of Jena). The Helmholtz Association is funding the project as a strategic development measure with 29.99 million euros.
The largest and most well-known particle accelerator in the world is the 27-kilometer Large Hadron Collider located at CERN in Switzerland. Scientists are using it to research the structure of matter. In addition to their major importance for fundamental research in physics, accelerators also open up many other areas of application – from production technology to medical applications, for example in tumor therapy and diagnostics. However, today’s accelerators are costly when it comes to their setup and operation. If powerful accelerators were considerably smaller, this technology could be used much more often. Therefore, another aim of researchers at KIT is to technically enable initial applications of ultra-compact accelerator systems in material and life sciences. (…) “ATHENA provides access to plasma-based accelerators for the Karlsruhe scientists. That’s ideal for accelerator research at KIT where we are pursuing the goal of developing this technology on a broad basis for society,” says the President of KIT, Professor Holger Hanselka. Read more (KIT Press Release, 2018)
This installation will expand the large family of Amplitude Lasers already present in the various German Helmhontz Centers.
Once again, Amplitude proves to be a key player, worldwide leading-manufacturer of femtosecond lasers, by contributing to go further in research and science for the greatest benefit of humankind.