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Pfeiffer Vacuum Develops Vacuum Solutions for European XFEL

The European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser (European XFEL) is a research facility of superlatives. It generates ultrashort X-ray flashes 27,000 times per second and with a brilliance a billion times higher than the best conventional X-ray radiation sources. The flashes are produced in underground tunnels, and will allow scientists to map atomic details of viruses, film chemical reactions and study the processes in the interior of planets.

 

Pfeiffer Vacuum – XFEL

HiPace turbopumps installed at XFEL.

The processes at European XFEL require ultra-high (UHV) or high vacuum (HV) conditions. It is important to maintain a good level of vacuum, so the XFEL beam and high-power lasers can propagate and interact with matter at the experiment station, without being affected by air molecules or hydrocarbons generating background signals on the detectors. Pfeiffer Vacuum, in cooperation with European XFEL, developed solutions ranging from vacuum pumps, to leak detectors, to vacuum components for many vacuum applications at European XFEL. All solutions were exclusively tailored to the specific needs and demands of these applications.

“High vacuum applications at XFEL predominantly use Pfeiffer Vacuum turbopumps, controllers and gauges. Additionally, our portable pump carts are equipped with Pfeiffer Vacuum solutions,” said Ian Thorpe, XFEL’s instrument engineer for HED (High Energy Density) Instrument. “It was important that the vacuum equipment could be integrated into the specific XFEL control system.”

The idea to build the European XFEL was born at DESY (Deutsches ElektronenSynchrotron), one of the world’s leading centers for the investigation of the structure of matter, and a long-term partner of Pfeiffer Vacuum. Being the main shareholder of European XFEL, DESY collaborates on the construction, commissioning and operation of the 3.4-kilometer-long facility. Together with international partners, DESY constructed the heart of the X-ray laser, the 1.7-kilometer-long superconducting accelerator including the electron source. It starts at the DESY site in Hamburg and stretches to the town of Schenefeld in the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein.

 

About Pfeiffer Vacuum

Pfeiffer Vacuum (stock exchange symbol PFV, ISIN DE0006916604) is one of the world’s leading providers of vacuum solutions. In addition to a full range of hybrid and magnetically levitated turbopumps, the product portfolio comprises backing pumps, leak detectors, measurement and analysis devices, components as well as vacuum chambers and systems. Ever since the invention of the turbopump by Pfeiffer Vacuum, the company has stood for innovative solutions and high-tech products used in the markets Analytics, Industry, Research & Development, Coating and Semiconductor. Founded in 1890, Pfeiffer Vacuum is active throughout the world today. The company employs a workforce of some 2,900 people and has more than 20 subsidiaries. For more information, please visit www.pfeiffer-vacuum.com.