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

  • 18 October 2016

    Hydrogen Bonding Comes to the Rescue

    Experiments on Artemis have studied the role of hydrogen bonding in safeguarding biomolecules against the damaging effects of UV light. The research is published in Physical Review Letters, and highlighted in an APS Physics synopsis article...
  • 27 September 2016

    Calls for Access

    We are inviting proposals for access to the Vulcan and Gemini target areas for the period May - October 2017....
  • 20 September 2016

    Gemini laser contributes to new way to manipulate beams of protons

    A targeted way to manipulate beams of protons accelerated using ultrashort and ultra-intense laser pulses has been demonstrated by a team of researchers led by the University of Strathclyde and performed using the Gemini laser...


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