Together with the scientific research center focused on laser technology ELI Beamlines, we want to celebrate this year’s International Day of Light with a symbolic monumental installation in the center of Prague.
The laser beam crosses Prague through the view from Petřín to the seat of the Academy of Sciences, which is the founder of the ELI Beamlines research center. Together, we will commemorate 61 years since the American physicist and engineer Theodore Maiman successfully launched the world’s first laser system. Thanks to his invention, fields such as medicine, biology, communication or thermonuclear fusion are constantly advancing.
With this ray of light, we also want to symbolically thank mainly science and all scientists around the world. It is science that is fundamentally improving life on planet Earth and with their incredible commitment, scientists are also helping us overcome the global pandemic caused by Covid-19.
In addition, science and technology are elements which define the Signal Festival in addition to art and public space. We have been cooperating with a number of technology suppliers for many years and every year we present works of art that work with the latest technologies. In addition to our obsession with what science and technology can do in art, we also admire its contribution, which enriches every second of our lives. Right now, more than ever, we want to pay tribute to science through what we know the best – art in public space.
The ELI Beamlines center aims to operate the most intensive laser system in the world for a long time. With ultra-high powers of 10 PW (petawatt) and concentrated intensities of up to 1024 W / cm square, it offers users a unique source of radiation and particle beams. These so-called beamlines enable pioneering research not only in physics and materials science, but also in biomedicine and laboratory astrophysics and many other fields.