The Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) is a major European Infrastructure project, part of the 2006
Roadmap of ESFRI (European Strategic Forum for Research Infrastructure), to be
implemented in three locations in the Czech Republic, Hungary,and Romania.
The Nuclear Physics pillar, ELI-NP is located in the Magurele Physics Research Campus, near Bucharest, Romania. Valued at more than 300M Euro, the project is cofinanced by the European Commission and the Romanian Government from Structural Funds, via the European Regional Development Fund. Romania's ELI-NP – overseen by the Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH) – has started to be implemented in 2013, and it is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2018.
In 2019, when the project is going to be operating, it will be the most advanced research facility in the world focusing on nuclear physics studies with photons and applications – a task that will be accomplished with the help of two 10PW ultra-short pulse lasers and the most brilliant tunable gamma-ray beam machine currently available in the world. The brilliant gamma ray beam provides tunable energy of up to 20 MeV, which is obtained by the back-scattering of optical photons on electrons from a LINAC beam of energy up to 720 MeV. [...]