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Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf, Germany

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Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), Dresden, Germany

Description: The HZDR located close to Dresden (Germany) is a multi-disciplinary national research center with about 1200 employees focused on programmatic research in the fields of health, matter and energy and on running large scale research infrastructures. Laser based advanced accelerator research, medical physics (cancer research related), high field physics and high power laser development are performed at the novel ELBE center for high power radiation sources, also operating electron accelerator driven IR FELs and superradiant THz sources as user facilities.


HZDR offers unique experimental capabilities for advanced accelerator research, bright light source development, and translational research for laser based radiotherapy at the dual beam Petawatt / 150 Terawatt Ti:Sapphire laser DRACO equipped with a variety of independent probe beams at dedicated target stations. Development of the next generation high power lasers is performed with the diode pumped Yb:CaF2 Petawatt laser project Penelope, coming online first for ion acceleration applications within the Helmholtz ATHENA project. Basic research as well as applied experimental projects are complemented by innovative and open source computing activities focusing on GPU accelerated simulation tools (PIConGPU) aiming for predictive capability and big data management.


- All-optical structuring of laser-driven proton beam profiles, L. Obst et al., Nature Communications 9, 5292 (2018)
- Observation of Ultrafast Solid-Density Plasma Dynamics Using Femtosecond X-Ray Pulses from a Free-Electron Laser, T. Kluge et al., Phys. Rev. X 8, 031068 (2018)
- Demonstration of a beam loaded nanocoulomb-class laser wakefield accelerator, J.P. Couperus et al., Nature Communications 8, 487 (2017)
- High-Performance Proton Acceleration from a Renewable Cryogenic Hydrogen Target, L. Obst et al., Scientific Reports 7, 10248 (2017)
- High dynamic, high resolution and wide range single shot temporal pulse contrast measurement, T. Oksenhendler et al., Optics Express 25, 12588 (2017)

Calls for Proposals:

HZDR accepts proposals submitted at any time, and requires that proposals also be submitted directly to them. Full details can be found at