Welcome to the Central Laser Facility

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.

Latest News


  • 31 March 2016

    Calls for Access

    We are inviting proposals for access to the Vulcan TAW and TAP target areas for the period November 2016 – April 2017 and for AWE Orion for the period April 2017 to March 2018....
  • 09 March 2016

    Calls for access

    We are now inviting proposals for access to Artemis for the period September 2016 - March 2017. A total of fourteen weeks access is available. Three weeks are available for EU access, provided through Laserlab Europe...
  • 05 February 2016

    Does light travel straight? In an optical tornado, it spins!

    Research published in Nature Communications, led by a team at the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal and the CLF's Plasma Physics Group, has found a novel way of creating intense optical tornados, unusual forms of laser light beams that spin during propagation....

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