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A look back at the 1st year of THRILL

It’s time to look back on our achievements and highlights from the first 12 months of the THRILL project! Since the start of THRILL, we have already seen some encouraging early results, from promising tests and experiments to our first publication and the end-user workshop in October. All work packages are up and[…]

OPOSSUM v0.4.0 released

The developers are happy to announce the release v0.4.0 of the optic design / simulation software OPOSSUM. While the software is still in an early design / development phase and not really usable in daily work, many new features have been added. Here are some of the highlights. 1          Improved ray tracing capabilities[…]

Kick-off: Workshop on task “Machine Learning” held in Dresden

On 27 and 28 February, a workshop to kick-off Task 5.4 of the THRILL project brought together laser operators and experts from ELI beamlines, GSI, HIJ, HZDR and LULI to share their approaches to laser-operations data acquisition and laser control. The workshop’s participants also took the opportunity to discuss where Machine Learning (ML)[…]

Interview with Shaimaa Abdalbaqi

“Be confident, you can do it!” With the start of our series #WomeninScience, we will portrait the female scientific staff working on THRILL. They tell us about their roles in our project, what inspires them about their work and their experiences as a woman in science. Meet our first guest, Shaimaa Abdalbaqi, Researcher[…]

OPOSSUM v0.3.0 released

The developers are happy to announce the release v0.3.0 of the optic design / simulation software OPOSSUM. While the software is still in an early design / development phase and not really usable in daily work, many new features have been added. This work is part of the task 3.4 (“Supporting calculations for[…]

The THRILL consortium is expanding

GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, as coordinator of the THRILL project, welcomes three new members to the project: the Extreme Light Infrastructure ERIC (ELI-ERIC), the University of Rochester and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF). Thanks to an amendment to the project, which the European Commission validated recently, the ELI-ERIC and the University[…]

Innovative technique ZEHBRO allows for direct optimization of helical laser beams

An innovative laser beam optimization technique, named “Zernike-coefficient Extraction via Helical Beam Reconstruction for Optimization” (ZEHBRO), has been presented in a recent publication released in the journal “High Power Laser Science and Engineering” by THRILL researchers. In the pursuit for higher beam quality in Work Package 5 (“Beam Transport and Beam Quality“), the[…]

Successful completion of the THRILL End-User Workshop and General Assembly Meeting 2023

From 24 to 27 October, 2023, the beautiful setting of Wasem’s Engelthal Monastery in Ingelheim (Germany) became a hub of innovation and collaboration for the high-energy laser community. The four days were a great opportunity to review the progress made in each work package and task, and to exchange views and ideas on[…]

THRILL End-User Workshop: 24-27 October 2023

At the end of October, the first THRILL end-user workshop will take place in Ingelheim, Germany. It will offer presentations and discussions of interesting physics being investigated at currently available facilities. The main goal of this workshop is for the high-energy laser community to discuss the expectations for the next generation of lasers[…]

Laser research community THRILLed — Ten million euro funding for high-repetition-rate laser technology developments

The THRILL (Technology for High-Repetition-rate Intense Laser Laboratories) project received more than ten million euro of funding in the framework of the European Union’s HORIZON EUROPE program. The project aims at providing new designs and high-performance components for high-energy high-repetition-rate lasers, enabling the technical readiness level required to specify and build the needed[…]

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