The Einstein Telescope (ET) is a unique research project with global impact that will put Europe at the forefront of a new research discipline worldwide: The gravitational wave observatory of the latest, third generation will produce fundamentally new insights into the formation of the universe and the evolution of galaxies, stars and black holes.
This "cutting edge" technology is not only associated with a leap in the quality of European research infrastructure. The investment for this large-scale research facility alone will amount to around 1.7 billion euros, 500 direct and 1,150 indirect jobs will be created and a further 2 billion euros are estimated for its operation until 2080.
The three-country region of Aachen - Liège - Maastricht, along with Sardinia (Italy), is the last suitable region in Europe to apply for the location of this facility.
The telescope is to be built as geologically undisturbed as possible at a depth of about 300 m below the earth's surface and will consist of a triangle of 10 km long sides. A final decision on the location at the European level is expected in 2024, and commissioning of the facility is planned from 2032.
In order to actually bring the facility to our border region, substantial investments are already being made today: A total of 45 million euros is available for preparatory initiatives and projects, including the construction and operation of an ET pilot facility in Maastricht (ETpathfinder), underground design and location studies, and various proof of concept research projects (E-TEST).