Laserlab-Europe CLF Training Weeks

The Central Laser Facility, based at the UK’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory provides a training platform for new PhD students to learn the key skills to participate in high power laser experiments. This year they will host a dedicated Laserlab-Europe event, offering an opportunity for PhD students across the partner facilities and institutes to attend.

The event provides an opportunity to network with other Laserlab-Europe students whilst taking part in the training we provide. The course will cover the basic skills required for experimental laser-plasma physics - everything from optical alignment and target manufacturing through to setting up an experimental geometry, taking shots and analysing data.

The course is spread over 2 weeks and is practically focused with the majority of time being spent within the Vulcan TAW experimental area.

2 courses will be held (2 weeks each):

  • Course 1 will begin on the 25th July 2022
  • Course 2 will begin on the 1st August 2022

Travel and subsistence expenses will be covered by Laserlab-Europe through the CLF. Travel and accommodation can be arranged through the CLF User Office once students have been allocated a place. Accommodation will be at the Ridgeway House Hotel, which is located across the road from the RAL site.

To register your interest, please apply via the online form, which can be found at:

For more information, please contact Chris Baird.