Welcome to the Central Laser Facility

International Year of Light

The Central Laser Facility (CLF) is a partnership between its staff and the large number of members of UK and European universities who use the specialised laser equipment provided to carry out a broad range of experiments in physics, chemistry and biology.

We hope these web pages can convey some of the excitement and achievement of this community in the International Year of Light (link opens in a new window).

Latest News


  • 17 August 2015

    Plasma-optics advance laser-driven ion acceleration

    Results published in Physical Review Letters this month, obtained using CLF’s Gemini laser, demonstrate enhanced laser ion acceleration using a novel target design involving carbon nanotube foam....
  • 24 July 2015

    Harwell Open Day success!

    The Harwell Open Day on Saturday 11th July saw around 15,000 people visiting the site....
  • 01 July 2015

    Current Vulcan, Astra Gemini and Artemis schedule

    The schedule for experiments occurring up until June 2016 on the high power laser systems, Vulcan, Gemini and Artemis, is now available to view and download as a pdf document....

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