Farrat Levalators used to install CLARA, a Compact Linear Accelerator for Research and Applications at Daresbury Laboratory

22nd Feb 2018

CLARA, a Compact Linear Accelerator for Research and Applications, is a new FEL test facility at Daresbury Laboratory in the UK that will act as a major upgrade to the existing RF photoinjector test facility, VELA.

Farrat were asked to supply 16 Levalators for the installation of Module 4 of CLARA. The Levalators required would need to take a 3 Tonne load and level 0.5g acceleration forces in all directions.

CLARA - Compact Linear Accelerator for research and Applications
The Farrat LA04 Levalator was selected as the most suitable machine levelling mount for the particle accelerator, due to it’s high-quality, high-accuracy and robust design. The LA04 offers micrometer type height adjustment and was manufactured for CLARA with a bolt-through connection, to ensure rigidity and accurate levelling.
Farrat LA8 Levalator in-situ at Sci-Tech Daresbury
Farrat Levalators in-situ under Compact Linear Accelerator, Sci-Tech Daresbury 2
More about CLARA – CLARA will generate intense pulses of light in the wavelength range 100nm to 400nm, and it will generate pulse lengths of only a few cycles in the most extreme ultrashort pulse demonstration – equivalent to sub-attosecond in the X-ray region.

The ultimate aim of CLARA is to develop a normal-conducting test accelerator (delivering approximately 250 MeV electron beam energy), able to generate longitudinally and transversely bright electron bunches, and to use these bunches in the experimental production of stable, synchronized, ultra-short photon pulses of coherent light from a single pass FEL, using techniques directly applicable to the future generation of light source facilities.

Dimension Convention Used – Module 4 - CLARA Machine
To learn more about CLARA, please visit the official Science and Technology Facilities Council website. For more information on using Farrat Levalators to install and level machinery, view the full product range here.