The Central Laser Facility (CLF) is an internationally unique national asset that is set in the heart of the STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. It consists of a core set of multidisciplinary research capabilities, each world class, which in combination provide a set of frontier photon science facilities and expertise for the benefit of the UK and Europe.

With an employed and contract staff base of over 140 individuals, the CLF develops and operates five large-scale, state-of-the-art, laser-based facilities that are supported by expert scientific and technical staff. These are: Ultra, Octopus, Vulcan, Gemini and Artemis. Alongside its world-class facilities, the CLF provides a number of substantial enabling capabilities. These include: Target Fabrication, Computational and Theoretical Physics, Engineering, Technology Development and the Centre for Advanced Laser Technology and Applications (CALTA).

The CLF is a world-leading player for fundamental and applied scientific research using lasers, offering capabilities in terms of facilities, enabling capabilities and training. Over the last 5 years, research conducted at the CLF has produced more than 500 peer-reviewed publications, with over 100 published in journals considered by the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) to be “very high impact”. This means an ISI Impact Factor of 7.0 or above, equivalent to the world’s top 3% of journals.