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


  • 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....
  • 03 February 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...
  • 29 January 2016

    2015 Christmas Meeting of the High Power Laser Community

    The 2015 Christmas Meeting of the High Power Laser Community held at its new venue at the Amey Theatre of Abingdon School featured nearly 50 talks, and over 170 registered attendees...

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