Impact & Innovation
21 Nov 2016





​The Central Laser Facility’s research programme spans high energy physics, biological systems and chemistry - advancing fundamental science whilst opening up potential for innovation. Novel technologies and processes developed in the course of our science programme are continually assessed in terms of their exploitation potential.


STFC has up the Centre for Advanced Laser Technology and Applications (CALTA), with a primary mission to develop new laser technology. CALTA has won projects, worth around £20M, to supply technology to leading research institutes in Germany and the Czech Republic. The technology we are developing will keep the CLF at the forefront of international laser capability. CALTA is also commercialising innovations from the CLF, such as a revolutionary electronic control unit for electric motors.

Technology Transfer

The CLF is constantly developing new ideas, technologies and processes.  By protecting this knowledge and exploiting it through licenses, patents and spin-out companies we can ensure that our work is of maximum benefit to UK society.

Technologies developed by the Central Laser Facility include laser amplification technologies for high peak and high average power, novel spectroscopy techniques and micro-fabrication of special high power laser targets.

Societal applications

Applications of our science address global challenges in energy, security, the environment, medicine and cultural heritage.

Working with industry

Over the last two years more than 20 companies have engaged with the CLF, across sectors including aerospace, automotive, defence and security, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods.

The Central Laser Facility increases its impact by:

  • Increasing our expertise via continued and enhanced support of the underpinning, fundamental science
  • Attracting inward investment from global sources including the BRIC countries
  • Training scientists, engineers and technicians to the highest standards
  • Innovation - exploiting the right ideas at the right time with optimum efficiency
  • Ensuring our intellectual property is protected and utilised to maximise return
  • Supporting existing spin-out companies and forming new ones where appropriate
  • Engaging with the public, in particular through outreach to schools and colleges
  • Addressing the big challenges - Security, Energy, Environment and Healthcare
  • Pro-actively seeking new partnerships and collaborations across industry and academia

For more information on how our world leading science and technology can make a difference please contact Dr Ric Allott, Business Development Manager.

Contact: Allott, Ric (STFC,RAL,BID)

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