The project Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) – in Romania also known as “Laser from Măgurele” – is probably one of the most brilliant research projects in the country. Led by Prof. Nicolae Zamfir, the Romanian project team is working with the world’s first 10 billion watt – or 10 PW (Petawat) laser in laser units. One Petawat corresponds to an output of approximately 1.3 million hp.
2020 will be an important year for science
The ELI-NP is currently one of the most advanced research projects in the field of photonuclear physics in the world. “The laser will support research in basic physics, nuclear physics and astrophysics, materials science, nuclear materials management and life sciences. Among other things, it will be used to treat cancer, as a possible solution to brain tumours, to eliminate radioactive waste and, why not, to invent new forms of energy,” said Professor Zamfir.
The professor also notes that the coming year – 2020 – will be a particularly important year for science with the advent of the laser. After all, according to Zamfir, the results could completely revolutionize medicine and industry. All in all, the project is currently enjoying particular attention in science and creates undreamt-of new opportunities for researchers from all over the world.
“Groundbreaking” is often the word in the research world. A term used to describe situations that are at the limits of known reality, discoveries that have a great influence on the level of scientific research. The joint consensus is that the “Laser from Măgurele” could also be such a ground-breaking ceremony.
Dan Stutman, head of leading laser experiments and laser specialist, sums up the exclusivity of the project as follows: “There are currently very few researchers in this field of lasers, which have just been born somewhere. There are only 100-200 specialists worldwide. For Romania, this project is a unique opportunity. “
The project is financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The total investments amount to 356.2 million euros. A total of 40 university and research institutions from 13 EU member states are also involved in the Laser of the Future project.