The next seminar in the joint UK seminar series will be given by Dr. Andrea Latina (CERN) on the H2020 CompactLight Design Study. The seminar will be given via Zoom at 16.15 UK time on Thursday 19th May and can be accessed on the seminar series Indico page.
CompactLight (XLS) is an H2020 Design Study funded by the Horizon 2020 Research Program and carried out by an International Collaboration of 26 partners and 5 third parties, including CERN, INFN, Elettra, and UKRI. The project, which started in January 2018 with a duration of 48 months, aimed at designing an innovative, compact, and cost-effective hard X-ray FEL facility complemented by a soft X-ray source. In December 2021, the CompactLight Conceptual Design Report was completed. The result is an accelerator that can be operated up to 1 kHz repetition rate, beyond today's state of the art, using the latest concepts for high brightness electron photoinjectors, very high gradient accelerating structures in X-band, and novel short period undulators. This paper gives an overview of the project, focusing on the addressed technological challenges and the future applications.