Annual Report 2018-19
03 Feb 2021
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The CLF Annual Report 2018-19.pdf contains a short synopsis of each article. Hard copies are available on request: please contact us if you wish to receive a printed version.

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Foreword (PDF – 163 KB - link opens in a new window)

Overview (PDF – 262 KB - link opens in a new window)

Industrial Impact and innovation (PDF – 84 KB - link opens in a new window) 

Communication and outreach activities within the CLF (PDF – 445 KB - link opens in a new window)


High Energy Density and High Intensity Physics (synopsis of each article) (PDF – 757 KB - link opens in a new window)

1.     A spectrometer for ultrashort gamma-ray pulses with photon energies greater than 10 MeV (Link to published paper)

2.     Debris studies for high-repetition rate and high-power laser experiments at the Central Laser Facility (Link to published paper)

3.     High-resolution μCT of a mouse embryo using a compact laser-driven X-ray betatron source (Link to published paper)

4.     Observation of ultrafast proton interactions in water using the Gemini Laser Facility (04 - Coughlan.pdf – 1073 KB - link opens in a new window)

5.     DNA DSB Repair Dynamics following Irradiation with Laser-Driven Protons at Ultra-High Dose Rates (Link to published paper)

6.     Measurement of the decay rate of laser-driven linear wakefields (06 - Jonnerby.pdf – 271 KB – link opens in a new window)

7.     Investigations of Optical Guiding through Hydrodynamic Optical-Field Ionised Plasma Channels (07 - Picksley.pdf – 1425 KB – link opens in a new window)

8.     Experimental Signatures of the Quantum Nature of Radiation Reaction in the Field of an Ultraintense Laser (Link to published paper)

9.     Making pions with laser light (Link to published paper)

10.  Experimental Testing of Targets for a High Accuracy Microtarget Supply (HAMS) System on the Gemini Laser System (Link to published paper)

11.  Observation of Laser Power Amplification in a Self-Injecting Laser Wakefield Accelerator (Link to published paper)

12.  Temporal feedback control of high-intensity laser pulses to optimize ultrafast heating of atomic clusters (Link to published paper)

13.  Processing of Gemini betatron images for biological tomography (13 - Symes.pdf – 396 KB – link opens in a new window)

14.  Comparison of the properties of bright compact x-ray sources (14 - Symes.pdf – 368 KB – link opens in a new window)

15.  Ultrafast Imaging of Laser Driven Shock Waves using Betatron X-rays from a Laser Wakefield Accelerator (Link to published paper)

16.  Bremsstrahlung emission from high power laser interactions with constrained targets for industrial radiography (Link to published paper)

17.  Bremsstrahlung emission profile from intense laser-solid interactions as a function of laser focal spot size (Link to published paper)

18.  EMP control and characterization on high-power laser systems (Link to published paper)

19.  An optically multiplexed single-shot time-resolved probe of laser–plasma dynamics (Link to published paper)

20.  Dual Ion Species Plasma Expansion from Isotopically Layered Cryogenic Targets (Link to published paper)

21.  Supersonic Turbulence in the Laboratory (Link to published paper)


Laser Science and Development (synopsis of each article) (PDF – 775 KB – link opens in a new window)

22.  Installation of the Mid-IR OPCPA Laser in the RCaH CLF Laboratories (22 - Karras.pdf – 775 KB – link opens in a new window)

23.  New laboratories for Artemis in the RCaH (23 - Springate.pdf – 479 KB – link opens in a new window)

24.  Upgrades to the Artemis Material Science Station (24 - Zhang.pdf – 218 KB – link opens in a new window)

25.  Acoustic signature of laser shock peening for a qualitative evaluation of residual stress (Link to published paper)

26.  Optical rotatory power of quartz between 77K and 325K for 1030nm wavelength (Link to published paper)

27.  EPICS-based software for the Vulcan Target Alignment Rig (Abstract available only: 27 - Chipade (abstract only).pdf – 130 KB – link opens in a new window)

28.  Investigation of temporal properties of a cross-polarised wave generation temporal filter at the front–end of the Gemini laser system (28 - Chekhlov.pdf – 1071 KB – link opens in a new window)

29.  Beam Pointing Stabilisation on the Gemini Laser System (29 - Dann.pdf – 436 KB – link opens in a new window)

30.  Operational improvements to the Gemini Facility 2018-19 (30 - Hooker.pdf – 463 KB – link opens in a new window)

31.  Software developments in Gemini (31 - Marshall.pdf – 350 KB – link opens in a new window)

32.  Development of thin bond lines for high power laser experiment targets (32 - Ariyathilaka.pdf – 1046 KB – link opens in a new window)

33.  Progression of a tape-drive targetry solution for high rep-rate HPL experiments within the CLF (33 - Astbury.pdf – 678 KB – link opens in a new window)

34.  Micro computed tomography for characterisation of high-power laser targets (34 - Irving.pdf – 403 KB – link opens in a new window)

35.  Development of Automated Fabrication Processes for High Repetition Rate Micro-target (35 - Mills.pdf – 314 KB – link opens in a new window)

36.  A compact micro-bolometer array for mid-infrared laser beam alignment, diagnostics and spot-size measurement (Link to published paper)

37.  Optimizing the Temperature Recovery Rate in Temperature-Jump IR Spectroscopy 37 - Greetham.pdf – 373 KB – link opens in a new window)

38.  Progress on the Coherent Beam Recombination project (38 - Galimberti.pdf – 373 KB – link opens in a new window)

39.  Overview of a new OPCPA beamline in Vulcan TAP (39 - Musgrave.pdf – 373 KB – link opens in a new window)

40.  Development of Air-cooled Disc Amplifiers for Vulcan (40 - Musgrave.pdf – 970 KB – link opens in a new window)

41.  Progress on pulse shaping by compensating for temporal deformation in the Vulcan Nd:glass amplification chain (41 - Oliveira.pdf – 429 KB – link opens in a new window)

42.  Modification of Regenerative Amplifier Resonating Cavity for New TAP Beam Line OPCPA Pump (42 - Oliveira.pdf – 615 KB – link opens in a new window)


Theory & Computation (synopsis of each article) (PDF – 143 KB – link opens in a new window)

43.  Orbital Angular Momentum Coupling in Elastic Photon-Photon Scattering (Link to published paper)

Plasma Diagnostics (synopsis of each article) (PDF – 371 KB – link opens in a new window)

44.  Evaluating expected signal loss due to SiPM saturation for short, low flux light pulses in tapered light pipe systems (44 - Davies.pdf – 1093 KB – link opens in a new window)

45.  Investigating Contrast, Resolution and Field-of-View of the Questar QM-1 SZ Tele-Microscope (45 - Hodson.pdf – 4262 KB – link opens in a new window)

46.  Performance of a Kromek multi-channel analyser for a silicon photomultiplier – scintillator gamma ray detector (46 - Armstrong.pdf – 326 KB – link opens in a new window)

47.  Gain characterisation of RF amplifiers for silicon photo multiplier – scintillation detector (47 - Armstrong.pdf – 1395 KB – link opens in a new window)

48.  Design of a Compton Spectrometer with a detection range of 15 keV – 3 MeV for Laser Plasma Experiments (48 - Popp.pdf – 450 KB – link opens in a new window)

Ultrafast & XUV Science (synopsis of each article) (PDF – 296 KB – link opens in a new window)

49.  Observation of charge density wave melt down in time resolved ARPES of single layer VSe2 (49 - Biswas.pdf – 905 KB – link opens in a new window)

50.  Assessing the anisotropic response in the out-of-equilibrium electron dynamics of black phosphorus (50 - Crepaldi.pdf – 325 KB – link opens in a new window)

51.  A new three-dimensional probe of molecular structure and dynamics on the ultrafast timescale (Link to published paper)

52.  Femtosecond UV and XUV Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Dissociating Methyl Iodide (52 - Minns.pdf – 354 KB – link opens in a new window)

Imaging & Dynamics for Physical & Life Science (synopsis of each article) (PDF – 1383 KB – link opens in a new window)

53.  The development of a high throughput drug-responsive model of white adipose tissue comprising adipogenic 3T3-L1 cells in a 3D matrix (Link to published paper)

54.  The Rho family GEF FARP2 is activated by aPKCι to control tight junction formation and polarity (Link to published paper)

55.  Solid immersion microscopy images cells under cryogenic conditions with 12 nm resolution (Link to published paper)

56.  A signal motif retains Arabidopsis ER-α-mannosidase I in the cis-Golgi and prevents enhanced glycoprotein ERAD (Link to published paper)

57.  Candidalysin activates innate epithelial immune responses via epidermal growth factor receptor (Link to published paper)

58.  The cell wall regulates dynamics and size of plasma-membrane nanodomains in Arabidopsis (Link to published paper)

59.  Determination of the refractive index of insoluble organic extracts from atmospheric aerosol over the visible wavelength range using optical tweezers (Link to published paper)

60.  The architecture of EGFR's basal complexes reveals autoinhibition mechanisms in dimers and oligomers (L​ink to published paper)

61.  Mechanisms of IR Amplification in Radical Cation Polarons (Link to published paper)

62.  Influence of zeolite topology in Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass: a Kerr-gated Raman study using model compounds (Abstract available only: 62 - Beale (abstract only).pdf – 132 KB – link opens in a new window)

63.  Ultrafast Light-Driven Electron Transfer in a Ru(II)tris(bipyridine)-Labeled Multiheme Cytochrome (Link to published paper)

64.  Assessing the Viability of Heterodyne VSFG Spectroscopic Studies of Electrode Interfaces (64 - Cowan.pdf – 483 KB – link opens in a new window)

65.  Towards heterodyne detected IR-Visible Sum Frequency Generation at CLF-Ultra (65 - Donaldson.pdf – 501 KB – link opens in a new window)

66.  2D-IR spectroscopy reveals multiple hydrogen bonded ensembles of the thiocyanate ion in the protic ionic liquid ethyl ammonium nitrate (Link to published paper)

67.  Kerr gated Raman spectroscopy of LiPF6 salt and LiPF6-based organic carbonate electrolyte for Li-ion batteries (Link to published paper)

68.  2D-IR spectroelectrochemistry of singly oxidized cis-[Ru(4,4'-(MeO)2-bpy)2(NCS)2] and reduced cis-[Ru(4,4'-(COOEt)2-bpy)2(NCS)2] (bpy =2,2'-bipyridine) complexes (68 - Hartl.pdf – 339 KB – link opens in a new window)

69.  Temperature-Jump Time Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy of Trifluoroacetic Acid Solutions – Characterising the T-Jump (69 - Hunt.pdf – 311 KB – link opens in a new window)

70.  Evaluation of Ultra A for the detection and analysis of drug-target structural changes using EVV 2DIR spectroscopy (70 - Klug.pdf – 605 KB – link opens in a new window)

71.  Time-resolved Infra-red Spectroscopy Provides Insight into the Solvation of Unsaturated Transition Metal Complexes (71 - Lynam.pdf – 505 KB – link opens in a new window)

72.  Site-Specific Protein Dynamics Probed by Ultrafast Infrared Spectroscopy of a Noncanonical Amino Acid (Link to published paper)

73.  Picosecond to millisecond tracking of a photocatalytic decarboxylation reaction provides direct mechanistic insights (Link to published paper)

74.  Time-Resolved Multiple-Probe Infrared Spectroscopy Studies of Carbon Monoxide Migration through Internal Cavities in Haemoglobin (Abstract available only: 74 - Sazanovich (abstract only).pdf – 115 KB – link opens in a new window)

Operational Statistics (PDF – 702 KB – link opens in a new window)

Publications (PDF – 231 KB – link opens in a new window)

Panel Membership (PDF – 115 KB – link opens in a new window)

CLF Structure (PDF – 230 KB – link opens in a new window)




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