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Warwick Centre for Ultrafast Spectroscopy

About WCUS

The Warwick Centre for Ultrafast Spectroscopy, funded by the EPSRC and the University of Warwick, and designed and constructed in collaboration with Newport Spectra Physics, is a state-of-the-art femtosecond laser facility comprising four beamlines with experiments ranging from the ultraviolet to the terahertz regime. This facility, a joint project between the physics and chemistry departments, will act as a focus for collaboration both within the university and without, with external users being able to book time on any of the experiments. WCUS boasts a wide range of available techniques, with a focus towards ease of access, making this facility unique in the UK when compared to larger facilities of this kind. We have an informal 'proof-of-concept' application process, to allow us to properly assess your needs before making longer term books, which makes WCUS an exciting platform for multidisciplinary studies and cutting edge research. Just email our Facility Manager if you want to know more. Use the buttons to the right to explore the facility, view the major objectives of WCUS, or book time on a beamline. Please note before booking, projects longer than one week will go to our advisory board before time is alloted.


Paper accepted: Unravelling the Photoprotection Properties of Mycosporine Amino Acid Motifs

Our PhD student, Jack Woolley has had his first paper accepted as first author! The work is on the photodynamics of a naturally occurring sunscreen molecule found in Algae amongst other places, and could be an important first step in developing the next generation of sunscreens. Well done Jack!

Conference presentations

WCUS members have been presenting our recent work at a few conferences so far this year.

Connor Mosley will be talking at this year's APS March Meeting in Los Angeles about our recent work on hysteresis and spin disorder in the magnetically-induced multiferroic CuO.

James Lloyd-Hughes gave an invited talk at the Max Planck Society's "Functional Interfaces in Materials and Chemistry" research school's annual workshop in Schloss Ringberg, Bavaria. This was an excellent meeting - thanks to the organisers!

James also gave an invited talk at the 2nd Terahertz and Materials Meeting at the University of Chester - thanks to Dr Bin Yang for the invitation and the exciting day of talks.