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|Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
|Owned and operated by the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CCLRC), RAL has a staff of around 1200 who support the work of over 10000 scientists and engineers, mainly from the university research community.
Its main facilities enable research into new materials and structures, for example from battery electrolytes to turbine blades, X-ray laser research, space-based astronomy, the co-ordination of particle physics and many other topics as detailed elsewhere on the website.
RAL also has responsibility for CCLRC's Chilbolton Observatory near Andover in Hampshire, which specialises in radio propagation research related to mobile communications.
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