Daresbury Laboratory

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Coordinates: 53°20′35″N 02°38′26″W / 53.34306°N 2.64056°W / 53.34306; -2.64056

Daresbury Tower, formerly the Nuclear Structure Facility.

Daresbury Laboratory is a scientific research laboratory in Sci-Tech Daresbury science park near Daresbury in Cheshire, England. The laboratory began operations in 1962 and was officially opened on 16 June 1967 as the Daresbury Nuclear Physics Laboratory by the then Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Harold Wilson. It is run by the Science and Technology Facilities Council with around three hundred full-time staff. The present director is Prof. Susan Smith.


  • The Synchrotron Radiation Source (SRS), now shut and in the process of being decommissioned.
  • VELA (Accelerator), an electron compact linear accelerator, based around an RF photocathode gun.
  • CLARA, an electron linear accelerator to be utilised for research in free-electron lasers.
  • HPCx, a supercomputer (closed, replaced by the UK national supercomputing service, HECToR, based in Edinburgh).[1]
  • ALICE (accelerator), an electron accelerator previously known as ERLP (Energy Recovery Linac Prototype).
  • EMMA (accelerator) an electron accelerator experiment based on the FFAG accelerator concept.
  • The New Light Source, a project which has evolved from the previous 4GLS project.
  • MEIS, a medium energy ion scattering facility, used to perform depth profiling and quantitative surface structure determination experiments (situated in the tower complex visible in the photo).
  • The national centre for electron spectroscopy and surface analysis (NCESS), which has a high-resolution x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy machine to probe near-surface chemical composition.
  • SuperSTEM, a high resolution aberration-corrected STEM.


In 2009 the laboratory was awarded the title of the "Most Outstanding Science Park" at the UK Science Parks Association.[2]

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  1. ^ http://www.hpcx.ac.uk/
  2. ^ Clay, Oliver (24 September 2009). "Science park hailed as a UK trendsetter". Runcorn Weekly News (Trinity Mirror North West & North Wales). p. 3. 

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