Project

CENILS is a network of 5 partners from Central European area with the objective to create a transnational network of universities, laboratories and Small and Medium Enterprises, which will promote an effective use and a rational development of Innovative Light Sources (ILS’s) in the Central Europe Programme Area. Considering the Programme Area, one can notice that not all the participating regions are presently able to take full advantage of the great potential offered by the development and use of ILS’s. This evident disparity among different regions of the Programme Area is an obstacle to the exploitation of the great potential of ILS’s for promoting innovation, knowledge and human capital development. In this respect, the Project will contribute filling the gap between different countries of the Programme Area, by favouring new regional innovation systems in all involved regions. Indeed, Project’s actions will aim at strengthening local innovation and education systems in less favoured regions, by creating a solid long-term and long-distance connection with analogous systems located in more developed regions.

Project’s approach will be based on the identification, selection and training of a Principal Target Group (PTG), which will represent a significant sample of the human capital that could take advantage from and benefit to the development and use of ILS’s in the Programme Area. In order to identify the PTG, Project Partners will carry out a survey of the state-of-the-art of ILS’s in the whole Programme Area, and perform a series of Study Visits to better understand margin of cooperation with the identified entities. In this way, universities, laboratories and industries active in this field, or potentially interested in using ILS’s, will be identified. Survey’s results will allow to select the PTG. The latter will be composed of scientists, engineers, technicians, entrepreneurs, students and professors (about 30 people) belonging to public and private institutes of actual or potential users. The PTG members will act as knowledge’s disseminators in their own regions. This will create a long-lasting, self-sustaining, network of actors fostering cross-fertilization between different technological and scientific fields. The PTG members will be invited to participate to workshops which will instruct them about the potentiality of ILS’s and, in particular, about the current activities at partner’s institutes.

Innovative Light Sources

Innovative light sources like Free Electron Laser (FERMI at Lead Partner) and Laser High-order Harmonic Generation (CITIUS at partner PP2) are among the most powerful tools for exploring the inner properties of matter-knowledge that could be used in a variety of scientific and technological applications. ILS’s can be thought as exceptionally powerful microscopes, allowing to gain a detailed knowledge on the way atoms and molecules aggregate to form matter, and on how matter reacts to external stimuli. Such a knowledge allows in turn to envisage novel applications in a large variety of innovative scientific and technological fields, ranging from fundamental science to biology and medicine, and from nano-electronics to material science. Centres hosting ILS’s are therefore crossroads between fundamental science, state-of-the-art technology, high-level education and training, and business sectors. They thus provide a formidable environment for human capital development.

Pilot Actions

The training “on the ground” of the PTG will take place through two Pilot Actions. In practice, two experiments will be performed at the international multidisciplinary research center ElettraSicrotrone Trieste (LP) and at the University of Nova Gorica (PP2) laboratories , based on the characterization and use of ILS’s. Their implementation will follow the general protocol on which are based all experiments involving state-of-the-art scientific and technological aspects. The PTG will actively collaborate with Project Partners at the elaboration and execution of the different parts of the experimental protocol: from experiment’s design to the analysis and exploitation of collected data, passing through the choice and the purchase of the needed instrumentation. Finally, PTG’s members will learn how to prepare a proposal to gain access to the use of beamtime of ILS's available at partners’ laboratories.

Pilot Action 1

The experiment at LP’s facility will aim at fully characterizing the coherence and the spatial properties of the light generated by the FERMI (@ Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste) free-electron laser, operated both in seeded and SASE modes. The results of this comparison will allow potential FEL users (i.e., scientists and engineers of small, medium and big enterprises) to select the best suited european facility where their ideas and/or innovative products could be tested in developed.

Pilot Action 2

The experiment at PP2’s laboratory will exploit the light generated by the source of high-order laser harmonics CITIUS (@ University of Nova Gorica) for the study of the process of energy transfer from light to electricity in a solar cell. The experiment will allow exploit the CITIUS light source for a highly educative purpose (the environmental protection) in a field (the generation of clean energies) with high future potential. It will be carried out in close collaboration with PP4 Jagiellonian University, at whose laboratory a new synchrotron facility is currently under development.

Connection to the Industry

As a fundamental characteristic, the two pilot actions will combine the cutting-edge of science and technology, and will be tightly connected to industrial applications. Their implementation will follow the general protocol on which are based all experiments involving advanced scientific and technological aspects. The PTG will collaborate with Project Partners at the elaboration and execution of the different parts of such an experimental protocol: from experiment’s design to the analysis and exploitation of collected data, passing through the choice and the purchase of the needed instruments. In this respect, pilot actions will constitute an ideal playground for PTG’s training.

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