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Our history

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About us

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Orion laser facility

Orion is one of the most powerful lasers and largest laser facilities in the UK.

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A unique national asset

We have unique nuclear expertise. We have a clear purpose and goals that set our direction.

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World-class expertise

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AWEsome education

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Supply chain

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International partners

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Publications – general interest

Orion - A few facts about Orion.

Laser experiments for astrophysics - AWE scientist Peter Graham provides an overview of the methods used in designing laser experiments for astrophysics - featured in the February 2017 edition of IMA's Mathematics Today.

From weapons to white dwarfs - AWE is featured in the October 2016 issue of Physics World. The article highlights how giant lasers like Orion are increasingly opening their doors to academics to promote collaborative research and knowledge exchange for mutual benefit.

Simulation of a Polar Accretion Column - Orion laser facility is mentioned in an article in CHOCS avancees.

ORION wows local students (October 25th 2016)

Une étoile en laboratoire - Orion laser facility is mentioned in Le Monde Science & Medicine supplement (September 12th 2016).

Orion illuminates shock of falling on white dwarf - Orion laser facility is featured in Defence Science blog (August 16th 2016).

Best Practice Award winners share their experiences: AWE - IOP blog on the June 25th 2016 features a picture of the Orion laser facility reception area.

Orion's first academic access campaigns published in Nature journals (June 22nd 2016)

AWE: leading the way in high-speed imaging techniques and traditional photography - article from the PHOTOGRAPHER Summer 2015.

Orion laser brings 'science to life' (October 27th 2015)

AWE-inspiring visit for pupils (February 13th 2015)

The Duke of York's visit to Orion features in Desider (January 30th 2015)

His Royal Highness the Duke of York visits Orion laser at AWE (November 5th 2014)

Heart of the Sun - Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2014 (includes video on Orion).

Orion: shaping the future of plasma physics

Issue 19 Newsletter of LASERLAB-EUROPE - short article on Orion and the International Year of Light.

Discovery 24 - Science Engineering Technology publication at AWE.

Defence Codex Issue 14

Mathematics TODAY June 2013 - Second IMA Employers Forum – AWE leads the way on technical outreach.

Optics.org 03 Oct 2012 - UK’s nuclear testing laser on target for 2013 firing.