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Department of Physics

The Cavendish Laboratory
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CORDE is the collaborative R&D environment for physics at the Cavendish Laboratory.

Open to all university and industry researchers, CORDE provides access to our equipment, resources and knowledge base – giving you the chance to conduct research using facilities and expertise unique to Cambridge. Designed to enhance physics-related capabilities, CORDE represents a new approach to university resource sharing.

CORDE is a national facility supported by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation (URKI).


Our offer

We are currently offering a limited set of CORDE capabilities in advance of our full launch in 2025, after the Department of Physics has moved into the newly built Ray Dolby Centre. 

  • Nanofabrication (cleanroom processing MBE & deposition, lithography and E-Beam)
  • Characterisation (Atom Scattering and XPS suites)
  • Technical services (precision fabrication)
  • Access to Department of Physics operated equipment in the Henry Royce Institute
  • Access to other specialist equipment across the West Cambridge campus site
  • Access to highly skilled, specialist people



Visit the CORDE website to tour our facilities, expolore our offer, and get in touch with our team to start a conversation about your work package.