Vulcan 2020 laser receives UK infrastructure funding

Vulcan 2020: is set to received £9.8 million from UKRI’s latest infrastructure fund latest over the next three years with £59.7 million from the Infrastructure Fund in total including future funding years.

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Based at STFC’s Central Laser Facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory at the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire, Vulcan 2020 will increase the peak power of Vulcan by 20 times making it the highest power civilian laser in the world.

Lasers are used by researchers for many applications, from understanding the stars in the universe to studying nuclear reactors.

The huge increase in power and intensity in Vulcan 2020 will allow researchers to observe the effects of core state chemistry for the first time and draws us closer to the secrets of the cosmos.

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