The ELI-NP project was and still is for me a challenging and unique scientific and human experience. From 2013 to 2016 as scientific director, I am proud of the work we have accomplished, building up a strong international research team and achieving the completion of the TDR’s thanks to an essential contribution from more 200 members of the international nuclear and laser–plasma communities.
Today and tomorrow with the help and advices of the International Scientific Advisory board of ELI-NP, the promises of the science and societal applications are under reach with the first worldwide success of the 10 PW high power laser achievement and the fore coming establishment of a strong user community.
I use high power short pulse lasers to create and study extreme forms of matter and there are only a handful of high-power laser facilities in the world. These types of lasers, like the ones here at ELI-NP, have now made significant inroads to many fields of experimental physics, biology and chemistry, mainly because we can now study very quickly evolving processes that we could not have before. And because of the overlap of research topics from different fields of study, it is extremely exciting to work in interdisciplinary projects that bring, for example, plasma physicists, particle physicists, and astrophysicists together.
I consider myself lucky to be part of such an advanced group of people keen on the advancement of science. I have joined the ELI-NP team in 2014 with the will to help the team effort in deepening the knowledge of the physical environment and finding new technologies for the betterment of mankind. As an engineer I realized that we find ourselves in e period where the technology in most industrial fields reached maturity and new directions of research are needed to open new directions of human development. This should represent a strong motivator and an engine of society. At present we are steadfast applied in achieving our goals and getting the hoped for results.
It is a challenge and a privilege to be part of a team which is building a new world-class laboratory on a green field. I joined the ELI-NP project in March 2013, few months before the groundbreaking. I have gone through all stages of this endeavour, and I am confident that soon the facility will start producing results.
When I joined ELI-NP as Senior Scientist about three years ago, I had been attracted by the challenge of developing future Nuclear Physics activities for a unique novel research facility. I found a really stimulating international atmosphere provided by colleagues from dozens of countries, that are working here, at ELI-NP.
I joined the ELI-NP project in March 2015 as a Postdoctoral research assistant. In 2018, I changed my position to the engineer for developing a data acquisition (DAQ) system. We are developing and implementing so many things now. It means our work is not the routine work, is challengeable and productive work. I could have time to learn many new fields for my tasks. And I realize the progress of my skill is most significant of both quality and quantity after joined ELI-NP.
I have joined ELI-NP after working in USA and Belgium. At ELI-NP you can find diversity, interdisciplinary teams and state of the art equipment which makes it a great place to work and advance your career.
I am delighted to be part of this European project, which represents a cornerstone for the progress on the research of Laser-Plasma and Nuclear Physics. This all will benefit the scientific research and the society.
I have joined the ELI-NP project in June 2017 and it is a privilege for me to be in the team. The unique facility provides opportunities to be part of an amazing field of scientific research.
ELI-NP has been my dream since the second year of college. Today I am living this dream through the completion of the doctoral thesis based on ultra-short and ultra-intense pulses. For me, ELI-NP brings together the opportunity of scientific development, state-of-the-art technology, experienced researchers, collaborations and friendships.
Becoming a part of a world class European facility was a milestone touched whenI joined Extreme Light Infrastructure. As pretty and majestic ELI-NP appears in the pictures, the facilityis intricately designed for the features it holds within. The research areas are segregated into teams foran organized approach. My research team is focused, well-coordinated, each member uniquely specialized, and it has been encouraging to work alongside them. They have also provided me with an opportunity to expand my skills in areas of my interest. I am constantly surrounded by an ambitious multicultural science community, and with activities that promote powerful laser research. In the few months I have been here,it has been very accommodating. I believe it is one of those rare opportunities where you get to grow alongwith the institution and it is a privilege to be here.
This is my first experience of working at a research facility and my initial reaction was how impressive the recently built facility is.
The grounds, artistic arches and water feature of the experimental building are a good indication to the attention to detail contained within.
I later discovered all the buildings are energy efficient using the latest developments in sustainable, geothermal energy.
I am proud tobe supporting researchers in the RA5 team who are all dedicated to the ELI-NP project. It is good that we can all communicate in in a single (English) language. The administration staff provide a lot of assistance with settling into life in Romania as well as the work environment. The team is very friendly and we all get along well. My role as a technician is to assist with the setting up of equipment for control and data acquisition. At the current stage of the project we are at the calm before the storm stage while we wait for all the equipment for the many research projects to arrive. As the equipment is received, I help with testing, constructing any additional cables / accessories that may be required, downloading and adapting any software that might be available and make sure the documentation is stored in electronic as well as hard copy form. From a technical point of view, it would be nice to have a dedicated workshop where all the tools are available and materials can be cut and drilled for example. I have also worked with other ResearchActivity groups and fond their dedication to the project to be equally as good as RA5.
It is certainly the right place to start your career as a young scientist in Laser physics.
With the new office building and state of the art experimental facility, ELI-NP is expected to be one of the world's leading centers for laser physics and related applications.