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Laserlab and ELI Training weeks held at the CLF
During 21st November – 2nd December the CLF hosted 12 scientists from across Europe for a two week training school on performing High Power Laser (HPL) experiments.
Symposium and Workshop on correlative light, electron, and X-ray microscopy
2016 Christmas Meeting of the High Power Laser User Community
PRL front cover for rapidly spinning laser beams theory
An international research team led by researchers at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in Portugal and the CLF Plasma Physics Group has unravelled a concept to generate photons that whirl at high speed.
Funding confimed for CLF-Czech partnership
Funding confirmed for major CLF-Czech partnership for 'next generation' laser centre
New research overturns decades of thinking on how Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) signals
Four decades of thinking on signal transduction has been overturned thanks to a research project involving contributions from scientists and engineers in the UK.
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
Calls for access to the High Power Lasers
Calls for access to the High Power Laser facilities are issued every six months.
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
Laserlab EU Training Weeks
The CLF is organising a dedicated EU event based on our annual Training Weeks which have been run in the CLF for 15 years. The two week course will be held between 21st November and 2nd December 2016.
Band gap control of a two-dimensional semiconductor
An international collaboration working on Artemis has shown how the electronic properties of a two-dimensional semiconductor layered on graphene can be controlled by light
Target Fabrication 3D printing capability
CLF Target Fabrication Group has now added a 3D printer to their laboratory. This will give the group the capability to design and fabricate model prototypes, target posts and coating supports on a much shorter timescale than previously possible.
Designer nanomaterials caught by laser Octopus
Researchers using the CLFs Octopus facility have discovered a new way of observing designer nanomaterials - materials that are 400 times smaller than a human hair
It is with immense sadness that we tell you that Anne-Marie passed away on Sunday, 8th May after a long and brave battle with cancer.
Does light travel straight? In an optical tornado, it spins!
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
New twists in the diffraction of intense laser light
A paper published in Nature Physics this week features results from a Gemini laser experiment in which the laser pulse is observed to drive a spiralling beam of electrons
Journey through Europe: 1,000 miles later and ten million pound laser contract is complete
Obituary for Wolfgang Sandner
It's with great sadness I report the untimely death of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Sandner, who died suddenly at the weekend.
Unlocking the mysteries of "little starlets"
A Vulcan petawatt experiment furthers our understanding of some of the most mysterious celestial objects just beyond the solar system - brown dwarfs
New technique offers a window into light-activated therapies
Researchers using Ultra have observed how a light-activated compound alters the structure of DNA – which could be the first step in creating new, targeted cancer treatments. The results are published in Nature Chemistry
CLF spin-out announced as one of Britains most exciting technology companies
CLF spin-out Cobalt Light Systems has won Innovate UK’s inaugural Innovation Award for its scanning technology that detects the chemical contents of passengers’ unopened containers to prevent potentially explosive materials being smuggled onto aircraft
Plasma-optics advance laser-driven ion acceleration
Results published in Physical Review Letters this month, obtained using CLF’s Gemini laser, demonstrate enhanced laser ion acceleration using a novel target design involving carbon nanotube foam.