16 Mar 2012






Compact Linear Accelerator for Research and Applications

Conceptual Design Report available here (PDF - 9824kB - link opens in a new window)

Using particle accelerators to generate electromagnetic radiation has proved to be an invaluable tool for scientific experiments. The latest generation of these ‘light sources’ is the X-ray Free Electron Laser (FEL), which has been demonstrated with outstanding performance characteristics in the USA and Japan, with others in development. Even given these impressive achievements, the potential for FELs is still far greater in terms of optimising the output performance to further the capabilities of the science community.

Part of ASTeC’s future strategy is to develop a next-generation light source test facility to be constructed at Daresbury Laboratory. This new proposed test accelerator will be known as CLARA (Compact Linear Accelerator for Research and Applications). The CLARA project aims to build on the UK’s existing expertise and experimental experience in free electron lasers, to pave the way for a state-of-the-art FEL facility in the UK, while simultaneously contributing to international R&D.

Further details can be viewed on the STFC website (link opens in a new window).