The Centre for Advanced Laser Technology and Applications (CALTA) is a group within STFC’s Central Laser Facility (CLF). CALTA is responsible for the development of the record-breaking, high-energy laser amplifier technology known as DiPOLE. DiPOLE technology has allowed CALTA to build the world’s first kilowatt-level, high-energy, diode-pumped, solid-state laser. The outstanding performance of this laser is achieved through the production of pulses at an energies in excess of 100 J at a repetition rate of 10 Hz.
Two kilowatt-level DiPOLE laser systems have now been built and are installed at European facilities as well as a prototype 10 J at 10 Hz DiPOLE system which is based at the CLF. This prototype system provides a valuable experimental platform with which new technologies can be tested both in terms of improving laser systems and exploring new applications for DiPOLE systems. Meanwhile, two more exciting projects are currently underway to develop new state-of-the-art DiPOLE systems.
The industrial placement offered is within a small, diverse team environment working directly with CALTA scientists and CLF engineers. You will have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of different activities such as:
In the laser laboratories, you will operate, adjust, and control lasers and associated electrical and mechanical equipment. Therefore, you are required to stand, often for several hours over the course of the working day, as sitting is not permitted in the laser laboratories for safety reasons.
Mechanical precision is a significant element of the role and you will need to see and adjust the position of laser beams, fiducials, pinholes, and other mechanical elements to sub-millimetre accuracy.
Please also be aware that lighting is variable and will flash repetitively as a direct consequence of the laser operation.
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