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 based at Sci-Tech Daresbury science and innovation campus 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.


Daresbury Laboratory is renowned for its world leading scientific research in fields such as accelerator science, bio-medicine, physics, chemistry, materials, engineering and computational science.

Employing around 300 staff, the facilities are used by scientists and engineers, from both the university research community and industrial research base.

The laboratory is based at Sci-Tech Daresbury, one of two national science and innovation campuses, which supports scientists, researchers and industry by providing a collaborative and innovative environment to perform cutting-edge research.

Within the portfolio of research and facilities:

  • VELA, an electron compact linear accelerator, based around an RF photocathode gun.[1]
  • CLARA, an electron linear accelerator to be utilised for research in free-electron lasers.[2]
  • ALICE, an electron accelerator previously known as ERLP (Energy Recovery Linac Prototype).[3]
  • EMMA, a linear non-scaling FFAG accelerator.
  • The Hartree Centre, a high performance computing and data analytics research facility.[4]
  • SuperSTEM, a high resolution aberration-corrected STEM is housed on the site. The facility belongs to EPSRC.[5]
  • HPCx, a supercomputer (closed, replaced by the UK national supercomputing service, HECToR, based in Edinburgh).[6]


In 2009 the laboratory was awarded the title of the "Most Outstanding Science Park" at the UK Science Parks Association.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 'The Versatile Electron Linear Accelerator (VELA)' at astec.stfc.ac.uk Accessed 29 January 2017
  2. ^ CLARA Compact Linear Accelerator for Research and Applications Accessed 29 January 2017
  3. ^ ALICE (Accelerators and Lasers In Combined Experiments) at astec.ac.uk via Wayback Accessed 29 January 2017
  4. ^ "£30m grant announced by George Osborne at Daresbury Science Park". Retrieved Feb 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ Official website of SuperSTEM Accessed 29 January 2017
  6. ^ HPCx - UK National Supercomputing Service 2002 - 2010 Accessed 29 January 2017
  7. ^ 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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