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ELBE as a User Facility

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ELBE is a world-wide unique instrument providing a compact, accelerator-driven photon and particle source. The variety of secondary radiation being offered extends from high-energy gamma rays, to infrared and THz radiation, to neutron, positron and electron beams.

ELBE is operated as user facility, providing more than 50% of the beamtime to external user groups.

The publications resulting from experiments at ELBE demonstrate the wealth of research fields covered by the activities at ELBE.


Based on the huge request for beamtimes in the first term of 2021, resulting amongst others of resubmissions of proposals for project that had to be canceled in fall 2020 due to the corona pandemic, and of projects postponed from spring 2020 for the same reason, we decided exceptionally to include run 3 in the scheduling of granted beamtimes for accepted proposal. As a consequence, only user shifts in run 4 can be offered for new projects that will be proposed in reply to the spring call 2021.

In order to avoid dissapointments we would like to invite all users to critically investigate the urgency of their project before submitting a proposal or to consider the possibility of applying for 1 or 2 shifts dedicated to a pilot study, the result of which would then enter in a sound and very well elaborated proposal for beamtime in 2022.

Application for beamtime and modalities of access

Two calls for proposals for experiments at ELBE are published per year. The next deadline for submission of beamtime applications for the 2nd term of 2021 will be

June 08th, 2021.

Proposals are submitted through the user portal GATE

We strongly recommend discussing the feasibility of planned experiments with the responsible beamline scientist prior to the submission of a proposal, in particular, if you are a new user.

Access is free of charge for all non-proprietary research. User groups from outside Germany requesting access to beamlines involved in "Integrating activities" funded from the EU framework programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 may apply for a reimbursement of travel costs. Please visit our specific website on Trans-national Access for details on this funding scheme.

Evaluation Process

The proposals are evaluated by the members of the international and interdisciplinary Scientific Advisory Committee for the ELBE - Center for High-Power Radiation Sources.

Allocation of Beamtime, Reporting and Publications

Based on the recommendations of this committee the final decision and allocation of beamtime are made by an internal panel headed by the Scientific Director of HZDR.
Applicants will be informed latest in the beginning of September 2021.

After finishing the experiments and latest in the beginning of the next term (normally in January or June respectively), a report has to be submitted via GATE. Missing reports for completed experiments exclude the renewed scheduling of beamtime.

Pursuant to the Terms and Conditions of access to the research infrastructures at HZDR users are obliged to acknowledge access to ELBE by the following sentences:
Parts of this research were carried out at ELBE at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden - Rossendorf e. V., a member of the Helmholtz Association. We would like to thank (Names of the ELBE staff in case that they are not co-authors) for support.

Cancellation of scheduled Beamtime

If necessary maintenance, urgent scientific or technical needs or operational faults of the facility lead to a delay of experiments or partial or complete loss of allocated access time, HZDR will attempt to reassign measurement time to affected Users. (Terms & Conditions of Access to the Research Infrastructues of HZDR).

If a scheduled beamtime is being canceled upon the initiative of the user group for whatever reason, or if a beamtime cannot take place due to force majeure, the user group cannot claim any rescheduling of the lost beamtime. Instead, it may choose among the following three options:

  • Resubmission of the proposal without revision and without a renewed evaluation. The rating is then preserved.
  • Resubmission of the proposal without revision but requesting a renewed evaluation.
  • Revision of the proposal and submission as a new project.


Dr. Barbara Schramm

EU-Liason Officer
Head of Department
Research Programmes & International Projects
Phone: +49 351 260 2684