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U.S.—Czech Scientific Cooperation Expands to Laser Research

On May 24, the Czech Academy of Sciences presented a press conference announcing the American partner in the construction of the ELI Beamlines laser research facility which will be built in Dolní Břežany near Prague. Managing Director of the ELI Beamlines Vlastimil Růžička announced that central component of the largest science facility in the Czech Republic will be unique laser purchased from Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL) and developed by the American and Czech scientists.

"Through this collaboration, we will become long-term partners in this effort, and I'm looking forward to hearing the first news reports about Czech and American researchers making scientific breakthroughs at ELI Beamlines," U.S. Ambassador Eisen said in his remarks at the Academy's headquarters. Remarks in full you can read here.

The ELI Beamlines laser research facility is a 280 million Euro (364 million USD) project that is co-financed by the European Union (85 %) and Czech Republic (15 %). Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been chosen as the only organization in the world capable of building a laser sophisticated and powerful enough to meet the needs of the project. The ELI super-laser will contribute to research into treatment for cancer, medical screening and diagnostics.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is a national security laboratory founded by the University of California in 1952. The laboratory was honored in 2012 by having the synthetic chemical element livermorium named after it. For more information about the national laboratory, please visit its website at

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