The Center for Free-Electron Laser Science is a novel joint enterprise from DESY, the Max Planck Society (MPG), and the University of Hamburg. CFEL is designed to significantly advance science with next generation light sources. The three partners join forces to explore structural changes of atoms, molecules, condensed, biological, or warm dense matter on femtosecond time scales. CFEL envisions uncovering the "dynamics of matter" by uniting expertise from the various disciplines and research institutions into a new interdisciplinary and synergistic effort.
DESY is represented by two Experimental Research Divisions, one for Coherent Imaging of Henry Chapman and the second for Ultrafast Optics and X-rays of Franz X. Kärtner, as well as the CFEL Theory Division of Robin Santra.
In addion CFEL host three independent research groups of DESY:
The Detector Research and Development group headed by Heinz Graafsma. The X-ray Optics for Extreme Conditions group of Sasa Bait and an independent research group for Controlled Molecule Imaging within the division for Coherent Imaging is headed by Jochen Küpper.