The THz user laboratory was completed and brought into operation for
early users in August 2016. The two THz sources (diffraction and undulator) can
be operated in parallel and generate carrier-envelope phase (CEP) stable
single-cycle, and tuneable multi-cycle, THz pulses that are transported in two
separate optical beamlines into the laboratory. A novel pulse-resolved
data-acquisition system in combination with a femtosecond arrival-time monitor
were developed, enabling time-resolved experiments with sub-THz cycle temporal
resolution of better than 12 fs. The high
repetition rate allows pulse sorting and signal averaging, providing high
sensitivity and dynamic range for both time- and frequency-domain measurements.
Several experimental techniques for probing THz field driven dynamics in matter
have been implemented and successfully demonstrated in close collaboration with
leading international groups, examples being transient Faraday/MOKE
(magneto-optic Kerr effect), or THz-emission spectroscopy.
Calls for proposals are published twice per year in spring an in
fall, with granted beamtimes being scheduled in the subsequent term.
access to the ELBE - Center for High-power Radiation Sources is managed
in line with the recommendations of the European Charter for Access to
Research Infrastructures. It is quality-based
and relies on a peer-review procedure based on research proposals. The
selection criterion is scientific excellence. Among scientifically
ranked proposals priority is given to users from countries without
and from EU-13 states, to PhD students and to women PIs. Calls for
are published twice per year, proposals are submitted electronically
ELBE as a whole is operated
24 h, 7 days/week, beamtime is granted in units of 12 hours from 6:00 to 18:00 and from 18:00 to 6:00 respectively.