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Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge


Optoelectronics group is based in the Kapitza, Microelectronics and Maxwell buildings of the Cavendish Laboratory. The Cavendish Laboratory is off Madingley Road, on JJ Thomson Avenue to the west of the city.


Optoelectronics Group
University of Cambridge
Cavendish Laboratory
J J Thomson Avenue


UK: 01223 337457
Abroad: +44 (0) 1223 337457
If you are thinking of joining us, please contact individual members of academic staff.
Make Postgraduate admissions and apply for jobs through the Physics Department.


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University maps: Reception (Bragg Building)

Kapitza Building | MRC Building | Maxwell Building (or see Maxwell Centre)

Getting Here


The frequent (Monday to Saturday) "U" service links many of the University's Departments. The route runs between Addenbrookes Hospital and Madingley Road Park and Ride via the Railway Station.
Members of the University can travel at reduced fare on production of a University Card.
It is also possible to see where buses are in real time.


Trains run frequently from both London King's Cross and Liverpool Street stations - see National Rail Enquiries. King's Cross trains are usually faster, and are particularly convenient for International arrivals via the Eurotunnel at the neighbouring St Pancras terminal.
Cambridge station is over two miles from the Cavendish - you could catch a taxi or the Universal bus.


On Madingley Road - where the road splits - look for J.J. Thomson Avenue where a sign says "University West Cambridge Site". The Cavendish Laboratory is at the far end. Note that the motorway M11 Junction 13 has access only to or from the south.

Parking space is limited. Please ask your host about booking a car park space through Reception, if you plan to travel by car.


On Foot

From the bus station it is a brisk 45 minute (2.5 miles / 4 km) walk to the Cavendish, if you know where you are going (via Burrell's Walk, Adam's Road and the Coton footpath - see also this cycle route), or you can take a taxi.


All of the London International Airports are served by regular National Express buses to Cambridge. Stansted is the nearest airport. There is also a direct train service between Cambridge Station and London Stansted airport.