Publications

STFC produces a wide range of free publications; from magazines and technical reports to scientific teaching resources suitable for use in schools. We also provide free access to scientific publications produced by our partners and other organisations.

All of our publications are free to download via the links below, or you can order hard copies using our order form.

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E-publications

Search our open archive of STFC research publications in our e-pubs database.

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Corporate publications

STFC Corporate Strategy 2010-20

Our Corporate Strategy 2010 - 2020, developed after extensive consultation with, and input from, our staff, research communities, academic and international collaborators and commercial partners, provides a clear framework toward achieving our Vision –'to maximise the impact of our science and technology for the benefit of the UK and its people'. Published 2010.

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STFC Delivery Plan 2011/12 - 2014/15

Covering the period 2011 to 2015, this Delivery Plan sets out an extensive but targeted programme of inspiring, forward-thinking science and technology specifically designed to propel us towards our strategic goals. It is to be read in conjunction with our STFC Delivery Plan Scorecard, which provides an overview of our planned activity. Published in 2011.

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STFC Delivery Plan 2015-16

Incorporating a suite of proposals aimed at strengthening our science base and maximising the economic benefits to the UK that flow from our research, the Plan is built around three key areas of expenditure: international subscriptions, UK large facilities and STFC’s core programme.

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STFC’s Delivery Plan Scorecard 2011-2015

STFC’s Delivery Plan provides an overview of our planned activity, designed to deliver STFC’s strategic objectives. This Scorecard sets out how we will deliver the commitments outlined in our Delivery Plan 2011-15 and should be read alongside this and our Corporate Strategy 2010 - 2020. Published in 2011.

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The STFC Technology Strategy

The STFC Technology Strategy provides our technology programme with long term vision and focus to help us achieve greater impact for both STFC science and the UK. Our strategy is based around three strategic goals: STFC will develop technology first and foremost to underpin STFC’s science and facilities; STFC will strategically manage a technology programme encompassing blue-skies R&D to working systems; and STFC will support exploitation technology developed for STFC’s science and facilities for other applications and through industry.

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Computing Strategic Review December 2015

In 2014-2015 STFC conducted a strategic review of its current computing capability and future requirements of its scientific and industrial user communities. These communities include STFC-funded researchers; users of STFC National Facilities; other science communities supported by computing facilities or services hosted by STFC; and clients of the Hartree Centre. The Review covers hardware, data services, software, cyber security, networks and computing professionals. The Review Panel consulted with the users of STFC computing and other stakeholders to develop its recommendations.

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STFC Delivery Plan 2016-2020

Covering the period 2016 to 2020, this Delivery Plan builds on our achievements and track record of delivering major projects on time and within budget and ensures that the world's most complex scientific infrastructure is sustained at the cutting edge for UK researchers.

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STFC Annual Reports and Accounts

STFC is required to lay an Annual Report and Accounts before Parliament each financial year. The publication outlines a year of significant scientific and technological achievement, as well as presenting audited accounts and mandatory information - such as reporting on environmental impact and health and safety data.

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STFC Public Engagement Strategy 2016-2021

Our mission is to use our stories, community and facilities as the basis of world-class public engagement that inspires and involves people with our science and technology.

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Our science & facilities

Factsheets

We have a range of factsheets about specific areas of our work and our sites and facilities. The factsheets provide an overview of the work we do and showcase specific examples of the positive impact our science is having on the UK and its people; and how we’re addressing global and societal challenges.

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RAL Space: National Space Integration Facility brochure

A brochure looking at the National Space Integration Facility (R100), an innovative addition to the Harwell Oxford Space Gateway.

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CLARA conceptual design report

The conceptual design report for CLARA (Compact Linear Accelerator for Research and Applications). Published in July 2013.

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STFC Highlights brochure 2013-2014

A look back at the most exciting stories about STFC science in 2013-14. Published in May 2014.

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Improving health and wellbeing: new advances in medical care

Advances in healthcare bring significant social and economic benefit. Increased life expectancy, improved quality of life; a more active population; a healthier workforce; less pressure on healthcare services and budgets these are some of the prizes that ultimately depend on research breakthroughs in medicine, health and the biological sciences that underpin them.

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An STFC Strategy for Cancer

STFC’s Strategy for Cancer sets out how we will harness our key strengths and capabilities to help address three priority areas associated with cancer: diagnosis, radiotherapy and long-term patient follow-up. Published in 2015.

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Insight and value through intense computing

STFC's Hartree Centre brochure, looking at how intense computing delivers insight and value.

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ISIS Neutron and Muon Source Annual Review

The ISIS Neutron and Muon Source Annual Review details the work of the world-leading facility over the past year, including science highlights, major instrument and accelerator developments and the facility’s publications for the year.

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ASTeC Science Highlights 2013-14

STFC's ASTeC (Accelerator Science and Technology Centre) Science Highlights presents a yearly look at our ASTeC department's activities as a centre of excellence in accelerator research and development.

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RAL Space brochure

In this brochure, discover the world-class space science, research and technology developments happening at STFC's RAL Space. Published in 2012.

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Newsletters

Facination 2016

Fascination - June 2016

In this edition:

  • How Astronomers are helping to make the greatest movie ever
  • How a frozen frog gives clues on fertility treatments
  • Learn how IBM’s Watson technology is being trained to help children feel less anxious about hospital treatments at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool
  • Discover how robotic technology for Mars exploration could improve crop yields on Earth

Plus much more!

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Facination 2016

Fascination Careers Special - June 2016

In this edition:

  • Why science
  • Laser man
  • Career paths at STFC
  • Becoming a scientist or engineer
  • Student placements and work experience
  • Scientists can change the world

Plus much more!

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UK News from CERN

UK News from CERN (UKNFC) is a newsletter for anyone with an interest in CERN. Whether you're interested in CERN science and technology, career opportunities for students, teachers and researchers, or you'd like to become a CERN supplier, UKNFC brings you all the latest news and opportunities.

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Innovations Club Newsletters

The Innovations Newsletter is produced on a regular basis of 10 issues a year and circulated to Innovation Club members.

The Newsletter provides organisations and academics with information on STFC technology development, knowledge transfer and enterprise activities. It also disseminates information about our programme and related external activities.

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Our impact

STFC Impact Report 2015

STFC’s discovery research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scale to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible level. From cancer research to clean energy, powering transport to cultural heritage - our impact is felt across many aspects of daily life.

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Oxford Instruments and STFC Forty Years of Collaboration

Since the 1970s, STFC and Oxford Instruments have developed a mutually beneficial relationship, building on scientific discoveries and their industrial application to create technological benefits for both organisations, and creating impact for the UK’s economy and society.

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STFC Impact Report 2014

Our Impact Reports illustrate the breadth and depth of our economic and societal impact through quantitative data and case study examples.

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Impact evaluations

The impact of STFC research and technology can impact our lives in many different ways. Just as there are many impacts at different levels of society, there are many different ways to report this impact. This includes individual case studies on specific impact examples studies of particular subject areas and facility types, reports on underpinning fundamental technology and studies which investigate the impact to entire industry sectors or the UK economy.

Impact Evaluations

Big data, big impact: how big data is shaping everyday life

Find out what big data is and how is it shaping modern life, in this insightful brochure.

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STFC Impact Framework and Evaluation Strategy

A strategy and framework setting out our approach to impact evaluation.

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Neutron scattering - materials research for modern life

Read our brochure to discover how neutron scattering is moving materials research forward.

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Lasers in our lives: 50 years of impact

Find out about the significant social and economic impact lasers have had on our lives, as this brochure celebrates 50 years of their impact. Published in partnership with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in 2010.

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Accelerators - powering cutting-edge research

Learn about the important impact particle accelerators have on our everyday lives in our brochure.

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Educational

Big Telescopes - brochure

On the ground and in space, a global family of giant telescopes – present and future – is designed to gather visible and invisible light from across the Cosmos.

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Support for Teachers

STFC is one of Europe’s largest publicly funded science and technology organisations supporting research in Universities and Laboratories, developing technologies and providing facilities. We also provide skilled people , knowledge exchange and public engagement which includes a schools programme. We also produce resources which are available FREE of charge and can be ordered directly from our website. Each of our National Laboratories has a dedicated schools programme, involving tours, talks, activities, teacher CPD and lots more.

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STFC Bookmark

A STFC Bookmark pdf for download.

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Hands on Universe

Hands on Universe has been designed for use with pupils studying science at key stage 2.

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Hands on Universe - Poster

Here are a few facts about the Sun and its planets. What else can you find out about them?

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Venus Express

Venus has a similar interior to Earth, with a partially molten core, mantle and crust, so why does it not have a similar magnetic field? It had one for a billion years, generated by convection currents in the core, driven by left over heat after Venus’s formation. When that energy ran out 3.5 billion years ago, the field disappeared. This didn’t happen on Earth.

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Mars Express

Mars Express is the European Space Agency’s first mission to Mars. Its role is to survey the planet from the topmost layer of the atmosphere down to beneath the surface. Since its arrival at Mars, the mission has proved a great success and has given us many new insights into the Martian environment.

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Cosmic Rays

Cosmic rays were first discovered by the Austrian-born physicist Victor Hess in 1912. Making a balloon flight, he measured the level of ionising radiation in the atmosphere and found that it increased with altitude. He concluded that the radiation was non-terrestrial in origin.

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The Sun

The Sun is our nearest star. It provides the Earth, which orbits at a distance of 150 million kilometres, the right amount of light and heat to support life.

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Herschel Space Observatory

The Herschel Space Observatory was launched in May 2009, and is now 1.5 million km away from Earth. It’s main mirror is 3.5 metres in diameter, the largest ever launched. Herschel is led by the European Space Agency, but is an international consortium involving dozens of institutions from Europe and North America.

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Planck

Planck is Europe’s first mission to study the relic radiation from the Big Bang. Ever since the detection of small fluctuations in the temperature of this radiation, announced in late 1992, astronomers have used the fluctuations to understand both the origin of the Universe and the formation of galaxies.

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A Tunnel to the Beginning of Time - Poster

Poster of ATLAS Detector, Large Hadron Collider, CERN.

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The Little Book of the Big Bang

How did the Universe get to be as it is, when it could all have There are still very big questions about been so very different?

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A Century of Crystallography

A crystal consists of atoms (or molecules) regularly arranged a bit like a 3D chessboard. When X-rays are shone onto the crystal, some of them are scattered at various angles by the atoms. The scattered X-rays – a type of electromagnetic wave – interfere with one another, either cancelling or constructively enhancing each other to produce a series of spots of increased intensity on a photographic plate or electronic detector. This diffraction pattern is defined by the atomic arrangement in the material.

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Big Questions Big Experiments - The Large Hadron Collider

The LHC is the biggest scientific experiment in the world. It accelerates two beams of protons in opposite directions around a 27km underground tunnel, until they approach the speed of light. The particles are then collided together, generating ultra high energies that recreate in the laboratory the conditions experienced less than one billionth of a second after the Big Bang.

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What is next for the LHC

The Large Hadron Collider (or as it’s more commonly known – the LHC) is a discovery machine – built to solve the mysteries about how the Universe works. It is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. 100m beneath the Franco-Swiss border the LHC.

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Lasers Poster

Lasers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. They can be smaller than a microchip and emit tiny amounts of low-energy infrared light, or huge room-filling multi-laser systems that blast out high-energy radiation. Their uses are even more diverse.

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Stargazing guide

An easy, pocket-sized, guide to help you navigate your way around the sky at night. The download A4 version is designed ready for you to print on a standard duplex printer. If you are a school or group and would like a set of between 100 and 1200 pocket starcharts please feel free to order.

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Big Telescopes - Teaching STEM through Big Telescopes

This document introduces the "Big Telescope collection", a set of teaching resources held on the National STEM-library that use these giant instruments as an inspirational context for STEM learning.

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Little Book of Big Lasers

For teachers and students age 11-18 , Everything you need to know about how lasers work and their applications in a simple, easy to read booklet.

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Inside the Atom: Nuclear Activity in the UK

A full-colour A5 leaflet that opens out into an A2 double-sided wall poster describing the activity of the nuclear physics community in the UK and how their inspirational work impacts our lives. Ages and up. New April 20 version.

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Teaching STEM through Inside the Atom

This document details a collection of teaching resources available from STFC and partner organisations that use particle and nuclear physics as an inspirational context for STEM learning.

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Working with us

Graduate Careers with STFC

Find out about our fantastic training scheme for graduates.

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Career Opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for women

A brochure of information about how we’re addressing the gender balance in STEM careers.

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Support For Researchers - Engaging the Public

An informative look at how and why researchers should engage the public and how to get support from STFC.

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Useful publications from our partners

CERN: The Large Hadron Collider forward Experiment

The Earth's upper atmosphere is constantly hit by particles called cosmic rays, producing many secondary particles that collide with nuclei in the atmosphere. LHCf is designed to detect these secondary particles from ultra-high-energy cosmic rays to help confirm the theoretical models that explain what happens when these cosmic rays enter the atmosphere.

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CERN: Large Hadron Collider Beauty Experiment

A look at LHCb, one of the four big experiments for the LHC (Large Hadron Collider), the most powerful particle accelerator in the world, which began in 2008. Published by CERN (2009).

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CERN: The Grid

The Grid is a service for sharing computer power and data storage capacity over the internet. It goes beyond simple communication between computers, and aims ultimately to turn the global network of computers into one vast computational resource.

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CERN: Large Hadron Collider FAQ

A collection of facts and figures about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in the form of questions and answers. Published by CERN (2009).

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CERN: The Large Hadron Collider

A presentation of the largest and the most powerful particle accelerator in the world, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which began in 2008. Its role, characteristics, technologies, etc. are explained. Published by CERN (2010).

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CERN: The Compact Muon Solenoid Experiment

A look at CERN's CMS experiment. Published by CERN (2009).

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CERN: The ALICE Experiment

A look at CERN's ALICE experiment, which will study the quark-gluon plasma, a state of matter that probably existed in the first moments of the universe. Published by CERN (2010).

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A New View of the Universe

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) has produced this booklet outlining the contributions that astronomy and space science make to the wider society. Published by RAS (2010).

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CERN: ISOLDE

A look at CERN's ISOLDE experiment. Published by CERN (2010).

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CERN: The ATLAS Experiment

A look at CERN's ATLAS, a multi-purpose detector designed to throw light on fundamental questions such as the origin of mass and the nature of the Universe's dark matter. Published by CERN (2007).

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CERN: European Organization for Nuclear Research

An accessible insight into CERN, its work and its impact. Published by CERN (2010).

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CERN: Antimatter

So what happened to all the antimatter? This is one of the great puzzles of particle physics and one that physicists at CERN are working to try and solve.

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CERN: and the Environment

A brief overview of the range of activities CERN is involved in to minimise the environmental impact of the lab's research.

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