10 PW, World Premiere at ELI-NP Măgurele High Power Laser!
1st ELI-NP User Workshop

October 7th-11th, 2019
Măgurele-Bucharest, Romania


Dear colleagues,
We thank you for participating to ELI-NP's 1st User Workshop! It has been a successful meeting with extremely interesting ideas for new experiments being presented and discussed. We also hope that we have met your expectations in showing the status of implementation of the ELI-NP project and of the existing and future experimental capabilities especially showing the 10 PW laser already in operation.
The 1st User Workshop should also be the start in the self-organization of the potential users of ELI-NP in a user community, a partner for the facility in setting up the long-range scientific scope and future developments and upgrades.
The workshop marked the next step in preparation of the user-facility operation, that is inviting the scientific community to send Letters of Intent for future experiments at ELI-NP. The template, showing the main topics to be addressed in the Letter, may be downloaded from HERE. We look forward to receive the Letters at the e-mail address: users@eli-np.ro, by end of January 2020. Based on this input, later on in 2020 we plan to launch the first Call for Proposals, which will be evaluated by an international panel of experts.
We are at the beginning of a great journey to push further human knowledge using the unique infrastructure at ELI-NP - the partnership with you, the user community of scientists who will propose and perform experiments here - is essential for the success of this endeavour.

Scope and aims of the workshop

The Extreme Light Infrastructure-Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) new facility located in the Physics campus in Magurele, near Bucharest, currently in the final stage of implementation, is intended to serve a broad national, European and international science community.
Its mission covers scientific research at the frontier of knowledge involving two domains: the first is laser-driven experiments related to nuclear physics, strong-field quantum electrodynamics (QED) and associated vacuum effects. The second research domain is based on Gamma Compton backscattering system, high-brilliance, narrow bandwidth, with photon energy tunable up to ~20MeV.
This system will allow the investigation of nuclear structure and selected reactions as well as certain topics in nuclear astrophysics with hitherto unprecedented resolution and accuracy. Both these main areas have already generated ideas for applications in a broad range of fields, from biology and medicine to materials science.

In March 2019, 10 PW laser output was confirmed.

The commissioning experiments were selected by the International Scientific Advisory Board of ELI-NP as the first experiments to be performed, along with the international community, starting early 2020, during the ramp-up phase of all equipment (lasers, gamma beam and experimental setups). After the successful completion of the commissioning of the facility, most of the available beamtime will be allocated for experiment proposals selected in base of the scientific merit by an international committee. This phase, of user-facility operation, will start with the Day-1 experiments in the beginning of 2021 with the 100 TW and 1 PW beams, and will continue further on with the 10 PW laser and the Gamma beams.

With the experimental areas entering the final installation stage, the forming community of future facility users will gather at ELI-NP to be updated on the status of implementation and to present proposals for new experiments.

The workshop will consist of two main sections. The first one (Mon-Wed) is dedicated to experiments based on the high-power lasers. The second one (Wed-Fri) is dedicated to experiments based on the high intensity gamma photon beams.
ELI-NP researchers will present the status of implementation and the capabilities of the equipment in the facility, as well as the aims of the commissioning experiments – the first to be performed at ELI-NP during the ramp-up period. External researchers are invited to deliver contributed talks presenting new ideas for future experiments at ELI-NP, to be then refined into experiment proposals in response to the first calls for beamtime allocation.

Two round-table sessions will allow the discussion of issues and refining of proposals, will catalyze possible collaborations, and will draw conclusions from the talks.

The workshop program will also include visits to the experimental areas of the facility.

The Extreme Light Infrastructure — Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) facility: New horizons in physics with 10 PW ultra-intense lasers and 20 MeV brilliant gamma beams, S Gales et al., 2018 Rep. Prog. Phys. 81 094301

Organizing Committee
Kazuo A. Tanaka, Scientific Director
Calin A. Ur, Technical Director
Dimiter Balabanski
Adela Beiu
Cristina Comănescu
Andi Cucoaneș
Ioan Dăncuș
Violeta Iancu
Dan Stutman
Laurentiu Șerban
Ovidiu Teșileanu
Marian Toma
Daniel Ursescu
Important Dates
2 April 2019
Registration opening / 1st Circular
31 August 2019
Deadline for Abstract submission and Registration closing
16 September 2019
Notification Acceptance