The project of building a Polish free-electron laser carried out by a consortium of eight institutions. The leader of the consortium is the National Center for Nuclear Research (NCBJ).
The device will be built at NCBJ in Świerk, near Warsaw. Free electron lasers allow studying materials, chemical and biological molecules, as well as dynamics of processes in which these molecules participate with precision inaccessible to other methods. The results of free-electron laser research may be of revolutionary significance for medicine, chemistry or electronics.
The PolFEL laboratory will be co-established by specialists from the Military University of Technology, the Warsaw University of Technology, the Łódz University of Technology, the Wrocław University of Technology, the University of Zielona Góra, the University of Białystok and the Jagiellonian University (the SOLARIS Centre). The initiative will also be supported by the DESY, STFC Lab Daresbury laboratories, the European XFEL GmbH, the RI Research Instruments GmbH, and Kubara Lamina S.A.
Most of the funds necessary to implement the project come from the European Union Operational Programme Smart Growth 2014-2020.