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Centre for Advanced Laser Technology and Applications

The Centre for Advanced Laser Technology and Applications (CALTA) capitalises on the advanced technology developed in the STFC’s Central Laser Facility (CLF).


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Its mission is to develop a next generation laser technology platform for use in both industry and existing international large scale laser infrastructures.

Through CALTA the CLF is translating the heritage of this scientific leadership into direct benefit, to the UK economy and to society. CALTA aims to fuel UK economic growth through new cutting-edge technologies. A new technology platform, called DiPOLE, is being developed which will enable pioneering and exciting new applications of laser technology. These developments will touch high value markets including security, energy, space, defence, manufacturing and health. They will also provide major benefits to science.

With its world-beating suite of laser equipment, developed to push back the frontiers of science, CALTA is advancing new applications of laser technology for applications such as advanced imaging. Working with our colleagues in STFC, the Central Laser Facility has developed unique technologies such as Adaptive Optics for laser systems. CALTA is leading the wider application of these techniques in other fields.

Last updated: 07 March 2016


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