Regional Group Visit to STFC Central Laser Facility

A regional group event was organised by Research Engineers based in England. Second year Mariastefania De Vido has written about the event:-

"On Monday the 13th November, 5 Research Engineers of the England Regional Group visited the STFC Central Laser Facility (CLF) at Harwell Campus (Oxfordshire). The visit was organised and run by Research Engineers Munadi Ahmad and Mariastefania De Vido (myself), who are carrying out our EngD projects at the CLF.

The visit included a tour of the Vulcan system, which is a Petawatt laser facility enabling world-leading research in plasma physics, particle acceleration, fusion energy, and laboratory astrophysics, of the DiPOLE100 laboratory, the world’s highest average power multi-joule diode-pumped solid state laser, and of the Artemis facility, where ultrafast extreme ultraviolet (XUV) pulses are used to investigate electron dynamics in condensed matter and gas-phase molecules.

The visiting Research Engineers were also given the opportunity to present their research to the CLF’s scientists. Research Engineer Vladimirs Horjkovs presented his talk “Phase Grating Interferometer (PGI): surface measurements with 300 picometer resolution”, Jonathan Crabb presented “BEACON: development of a multi-core optical booster amplifier for satellite applications”, and Research Engineers Leonardo Del Bino and Michael Woodley presented “Spontaneous symmetry breaking in microresonators: theory and applications”. The talks received considerable attention, as demonstrated by the numerous questions asked by the audience.

The visit proved to be a valuable networking experience and represented a unique opportunity to visit some of the world’s most cutting-edge high power laser systems.

If you want to learn more about the CLF, please refer to the following website: https://www.clf.stfc.ac.uk/Pages/home.aspx"