The CLF's Ultra laser facility is housed with the Research Complex.
Ultra uses a combination of kilohertz laser, detector and sample manipulation technology to study molecular dynamics (on the femtosecond to millisecond timescales) to address scientific problems in the physical and life sciences.
A range of kilohertz ultrafast light sources provide multiple beams, multiple colours (UV to mid-IR), mixed timing patterns (fs-ms) and pulse length (40 fs, 50 fs, 120 fs, 2-3 ps, 0.8 ns and continuous wave). Ultra has some of the world’s most sensitive time-resolved vibrational spectrometers used for investigations spanning from heterogeneous catalysis to the dynamics of complex biological systems such as proteins. Techniques include:-
A comprehensive range of diagnostic instrumentation and techniques are available. Ultra provides a flexible approach to experiments and can support equipment brought on site and there is access to the wide range of shared equipment available on the Harwell Campus.