Helmholtz International Beamline for Extreme Fields at the European XFEL
The objective of the Helmholtz International Beamline for Extreme Fields (HIBEF) user consortium is to contribute and operate different experimental setups at the High Energy Density (HED) beamline of the European XFEL (with worldwide unique ultrashort and extremely bright X-ray flashes). It is organized as an international user consortium to ensure scientific and technical excellence of the provided equipment which will serve the whole scientific community. The field of interest, high energy density science, includes plasma physics, planetary science, high pressure and strong field physics, magnetism and correlated electron systems as well as material dynamics.
Relativistic Laser Plasma Physics
Combining XFEL pulses and ultra-intense ultra-short optical laser pulses allows an unprecented view into the femtosecond, nanometer scale physics of the relativistic plasma response, and enable novel applications.
Dynamic Materials Research
The HIBEF high-energy long pulse laser can shock-compress samples to generate exotic states of matter, allowing study of planetary and stellar interiors, with applications in fusion research, synthesis of new materials and more.
High-Pressure Astro- and Planetary Physics
By compressing matter between diamond anvils and heating it with lasers, we can reproduce the pressures and temperatures found inside Earth-like and larger planets, allowing the behaviour of materials at these conditions to be understood better than ever.
Magnetic Phenomena in Condensed Matter
Combining the XFEL beam with strong magnetic fields will provide an unprecedented opportunity to investigate and understand novel materials.
HIBEF Laser Systems
The HIBEF user consortium will contribute and operate two high power, state-of-the-art optical lasers at the HED station. These will be used to generate transient extreme states of density and temperatures, which can then be probed by the XFEL beam. The HiBEF user consortium contributes and will operate at the HED station two high power, state-of-the-art optical lasers. When irradiated onto matter these lasers will generate transient extreme states of density and temperatures.
HIBEF User Consortium
HIBEF is organized as an international user consortium to ensure scientific and technical excellence of the provided equipment which will serve the whole scientific community.
The user consortium consists of over 80 groups from more than 60 institutes across 16 countries. It includes more than 350 scientists and more than 300 PhD students.