01 Dec 2009



ULTRA combines laser, detector and sample manipulation technology to probe molecular dynamics on the femtosecond to microsecond timescales.


​​​The CLF's Ultra laser facility housed with the Research Complex


​Ultra uses a combination of laser, detector and sample manipulation technology to study molecular dynamics (on the femtosecond to microsecond timescales) to address scientific problems in the physical and life sciences.  A range of ultrafast light sources provide unprecedented flexibility to combine multiple beams, multiple colours (UV to mid-IR), mixed timing patterns (fs-ms) and pulse length (40 fs, 50 fs, 120 fs, 2-3 ps, 0.8 ns and continuous wave).  Ultra is one of the world’s most sensitive time-resolved spectrometers and is used to investigate dynamics of complex biological systems such as proteins.​

A comprehensive range of diagnostic instrumentation and techni​ques are available.

The current user schedule for the Ultra facility can be viewed here.


Contact: Towrie, Mike (STFC,RAL,CLF)