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TMC Optical Table Supports the World's Most Intense Lasers

The World's Most Intense Lasers at ELI - Supported by TMC Optical Tables
by Steffen Roerentrop and Edina Poelchen


Photo: Nagy Attila Károly/Index, article: Beindultak a betonbörtönbe zárt lézerek Szegeden. Downloaded on 14 March 2018

ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure) is the first infrastructure in the world capable of the investigation of the interactions between light and matter with the highest intensity, in the so-called ultra-relativistic range. ELI have been implemented as a distributed research infrastructure based on 3 specialized and complimentary facilities located in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania.

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11.5m long joined Optical Table used at ELI-ALPS in Szeged/HU, photo: Daniel Oszetzky / OCL Kft.


ELI Attosecond Light Pulse Source (ELI ALPS) in Szeged, Hungary is a unique facility, which provides light sources between THz (10¹² Hz) and x-ray (10¹⁸ - 10¹⁹ Hz) frequency range in the form of ultrashort pulses with high repetition rate. ELI ALPS will be dedicated to extremely fast dynamics by taking snap-shots in the attosecond scale (a billionth of a billionth of second) of the electron dynamics in atoms, molecules, plasmas and solids. It is also pursue research with ultrahigh intensity lasers.

The following two pictures show scientists working with TMC's optical tables at ELI:
     Scientists 1
Photo courtesy of ELI-ALPS: Downloaded on: 14 March 2018
 Scientists 2
Photo: Nagy Attila Károly/Index, link, downloaded on: 14 March 2018

ELI-Beamless Facility
In Dolni Brezany, near Prague, Czech Republic, the ELI-Beamlines facility mainly will focus on the development of short-pulse secondary sources of radiation and particles, and on their multidisciplinary applications in molecular, biomedical and material sciences, physics of dense plasmas, warm dense matter, laboratory astrophysics. In addition, the pillar will utilize its high-power, high-repetition-rate lasers for high-field physics experiments with focused intensities of about 1023 W/cm2, investigating exotic plasma physics, and non-linear QED effects. Source:

Scientists 3
TMC joined optical table system used at ELI-Beamlines in Dolni Brezany /CZ. Photo courtesy of ELI Beamlines:

A snapshot from the Talent Academy Event 2017 organized by ELI Beamlines for secondary school students. Photo courtesy of ELI

Why are TMC's optical tables crucial for ELI's research?
TMC’s CleanTop® Research Grade optical tables installed at ELI, provide the ultimate in optical top performance. Unmatched in the industry, Research Grade performance combines the smallest cell-size and highest core density with the unique CleanTop® design, all-steel construction, and the highest level of structural damping commercially available.

Combined with TMC’s advanced support systems, CleanTop provides industry-leading floor vibration cancellation performance. With a wide variety of size, configuration options, and accessories, it addresses the needs of even the most-demanding applications including interferometers, holography, and ultra-fast lasers, as well as the most severe floor vibration environments.

“ TMC together with our distributors OCL in Hungary and OptiXs in the Czech Republic contributed to the project by supplying a large number of optical tables and joined optical table configurations. Systems include our TMC 784-series optical tops of various shapes and thicknesses, supported on either rigid post systems or TMC’s unique Gimbal Piston isolators. Some of the joined tables include special non-magnetic TMC 714-series optical tops and are almost 12m long”, explains Steffen Roerentrop, European Sales Manager of TMC.
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