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Central Laser Facility

The Central Laser Facility (CLF) at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is one of the world’s leading laser facilities providing scientists from the UK and Europe with an unparalleled range of state of the art technology. 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.

Wide-ranging laser applications include experiments in physics, chemistry and biology, accelerating subatomic particles to high energies, probing chemical reactions and studying biochemical and biophysical processes.

Our laser facilities range from advanced, compact tuneable lasers which can pinpoint individual particles to high power laser installations that recreate the conditions inside stars. A vigorous development programme ensures that our facilities maintain their international competitiveness.

The CLF is headed by John Collier.


Central Laser Facility
STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Harwell Science and Innovation Campus
OX11 0QX
Tel: +44 (0)1235 445 603
Fax: +44 (0)1235 445 888
Email: CLF enquiries




Last updated: 15 March 2016


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