Femtosecond Lasers and Timing
22 Mar 2010
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The Femtosecond Lasers and Timing (FLT) group at ASTeC is underpinning the development of future particle accelerators by enabling the manipulation of ultrashort charged particle beams with single-femtosecond precision.

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Led by Dr. Steven Jamison, the engineers and scientists of the FLT group apply their expertise in ultrafast laser systems, optics and electronics in the development of advanced accelerator technology.

The group is principally responsible for laser and optical systems in the CLARA FEL test facility and VELA particle accelerator, while leading research activities in the areas of: 

  • Terahertz generation and detection 
  • Laser-driven particle acceleration 
  • Electronic and optical femtosecond phase synchronization 
  • High resolution particle beam diagnostics


The group has strong ties to Manchester University and Lancaster University and promotes academic collaboration in addressing the complex challenges of next-generation particle accelerators.   The group also directly contributes towards leading international programmes including UK-FEL and the CERN Compact Linear International Collider.  



Key Project Areas

Click the images below to find out more about the key projects FLT are working on.








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 For further information on the group and its activities, please contact Steve Jamison .  All group publications can be found in the ePublication Archive
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