Molecular Spectroscopy


Particle Physics



Space Science


Research Facilities

CCLRC supports world-class science and technology by providing leading edge, large scale research facilities.

ISIS is the world's most powerful pulsed spallation source. It provides intense beams of neutrons and muons used in condensed matter research. The Synchrotron Radiation Source (SRS) is the UK's brightest photon source, providing light from infrared through to hard X-rays. CLRC is a major computing centre, providing a range of high performance Computing Facilities. The Central Laser Facility (CLF) is one of the world's leading centres for high power laser research. It is the home of Vulcan, a highly versatile neodymium-glass laser, and Titania, the world's brightest UV laser. The Space Science Department provides advanced facilities for design, construction and testing of instruments destined for space missions and provides extensive data collection, spectroscopy and analysis facilities.

CLRC's Particle Physics Department has a key role in the UK particle physics programme and supports much of the work carried out at CERN. The RUSTI and Medium Energy Ion Scattering (MEIS) facilities provide valuable resources for materials science research. The Central Microstructure Facility uses electron, ion and laser beams to manufacture very small objects. CLRC's Energy Research Unit (ERU) plays an important role in wind energy research and the Radio Communications Research Unit uses a 3GHz Doppler-Polarisation radar, CAMRa, to investigate the effects of precipitation and cloud on current and future radio propagation systems. CLRC's Nuclear Physics Support Group also provides essential support for UK nuclear physics experiments around the world.

CLRC's facilities support a broad spectrum of science, engineering and technology. In addition to their use by academic researchers, the facilities are available to industry through Daresbury and Rutherford Research Services - the commercial arm of CLRC.