We are

the most advanced research facility in the world in the field of photonuclear physics, a new interdisciplinary research field which brings together, for the first time, high-power lasers and nuclear physics.

the nuclear physics pillar of the Pan-European Distributed Research Infrastructure ELI-Extreme Light Infrastructure.

the largest investment ever made in scientific research in Romania, co-financed by the European Commission and the Romanian Government from Structural Funds via the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

implemented by the Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH), which generates almost 10% of Romania's scientific output.

International collaboration

State-of-the-art technology
Ground-breaking science

Research & Applications

Fundamental Research

understanding laser-driven acceleration mechanism;

exotic nuclei and photo-fission;

vacuum properties and particle creation in laser-gamma beams interactions;

nuclear structure and astrophysics studies.

Applied Research

materials under extreme irradiation for space science;

management of nuclear materials;

industrial tomography;

brilliant positron source for materials / processes characterization;

radioisotopes for medical applications.

Our mission

produce science at the forefront of knowledge and generate innovation with important benefits for society;

attract best users from the international research community and engender a range of excellent scientific results;

act as a hotspot for science, innovation and development;

develop partnerships with pan-European academic, industrial and entrepreneurial communities and act as a scientific, technological, regional and international hub;

inspire younger generations and stimulate education and development.