EXTREME LIGHT INFRASTRUCTURE (ELI)
ELI will be the first infrastructure dedicated to the fundamental study of laser-matter interaction in the ultra-relativistic regime.
Directly or using relativistic compression it could generate intensity higher than 10^25W/cm2, challenging the vacuum critical field.
ELI will aspire to provide a new generation of compact accelerators delivering ultra short (10^-15 --> 10^-18s) and energetic particle and radiation beams for European scientists.
Finally, relativistic compression will provide a new avenue to attosecond-zeptosecond studies of laser-matter interaction.