The CNR-IFN-ELI-MI and CNR-IFN-ELI-MI units are part of the CNR Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies (IFN) and of the European Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI).

The CNR-IFN-ELI-MI unit, hosted by the Physics Department of the Politecnico (University of Technology) in Milan, was established in 2010 with the merging of the CNR Center for Quantum Electronics and Electronic Instrumentation (CEQSE) and the National Laboratory for Ultrafast and Ultraintense Optical Science (ULTRAS) of the National Institute for the Physics of Matter (INFM). The CNR-IFN-ELI-MI research activity in the field at Attosecond Science and Technology has been awarded several ERC grants in the last decade. Within IPHOQS, two XUV beamlines will be available for attosecond/femtosecond experiments. An attosecond beamline will be designed for flexible reconfiguration with various state-of-the-art end-stations for attosecond transient absorption and reflection spectroscopy and pump-probe experiments in gas phase. A high-repetition rate (100 kHz) femtosecond XUV beamline will be up-graded with an improved version of a time-delay compensated monochromator (capable to combine extreme time resolution with spectral selectivity), and be used for gas phase and for condensed phase experiments with a complete setup for time-resolved ARPES. An advanced attosecond facility for molecular spectroscopy will be accessible, combining state-of-the-art beamlines for HHG spectroscopy, soft-X photoelectron spectroscopy, and transient absorption spectroscopy in gas and liquid samples. Finally, optical frequency combs (OFCs) will be accessible over a very wide spectrum, from the UV to the mid infrared (IR), for ultra-broadband absorption spectroscopic of gas samples with unprecedented precision, spectral coverage, sensitivity and measurement speed.

The CNR-IFN-ELI-PD unit is located at the University of Padova and was founded in 2002 as the Laboratory for XUV and Optical Research (LUXOR) of INFM and later (2010) included into CNR. The CNR-IFN-ELI-PD research activities span in the field of applied optics, for application both in experimental physics and in industry. The core expertise for I-PHOQS are the optical techniques for photon handling of ultrafast and ultraintense pulses. The I-PHOQS integrated facility in Padova will include the following main activities: characterization of optical components/devices/detectors for ultrafast applications; development of adaptive optics for ultraintense beams; handling and conditioning of ultraintense and ultrashort optical pulses. The facility will feature capabilities in material characterization with a XRD machine, AFM machine, UV-VIS-NIR ellipsometer, UV-XUV reflectometer and in development process with a laser processing machine, a bonding machine, a plasma cleaning machine for optical surfaces, and fast cameras for the NIR and Mid-IR.

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