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

  • 24 September 2015

    Christmas Meeting of the High Power Laser Science Community 2015

    The Christmas Meeting of the High Power Laser Science Community will be held from 14th – 16th December in Abingdon. Registration is now open...
  • 08 September 2015

    High-resolution 'laser x-rays' could spot tiny fractures in bone

    A new method of taking highly detailed x-ray images of bone using powerful laser beams has been developed by researchers at Imperial College London, in collaboration with the Gemini team. The results are published in Scientific Reports...
  • 08 September 2015

    Calls for access

    We are now inviting proposals for access to the Vulcan TAW and TAP and Gemini TA2 and TA3 target areas for the period May – October 2016. The Vulcan laser facility will be restored to its full operating capacity of 60-65 weeks per year...


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