PSI - Paul Scherrer Institute

Contact: Christoph Hauri

The Paul Scherrer Institute is the largest research centre for natural and engineering sciences in Switzerland with its research activities concentrated on three main subject areas: Matter and Material; Energy and the Environment and Health. The PSI develops, constructs and operates complex large-scale research facilities, such as the SINQ neutron source, the Swiss Light Source (SLS) and the SμS muon source. A hard x-ray free electron laser, named SwissFEL, is currently under construction and will go on-line in 2017.

The SwissFEL laser group covers the competence in operating the different gun laser systems and develops advanced laser beam shaping schemes in the deep UV for the production of low-emittance electron beams. We furthermore develop laser-based sources providing intense radiation in the THz (0.1-10 THz) and soft x-ray spectral region (up to several hundred eV) and explore novel types of laser-driven electron sources based on multifilamentary cathodes.