Aerial view of SSRL (Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource) with SLAC’s campus in the background. (Olivier Bonin/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)
Aerial view of SLAC’s  campus with the LINAC in the foreground leading into the campus. The interstate 280 passes over the LINAC. Stanford campus and Hoover tower can be seen in the distance. (Olivier Bonin/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)
SLAC’s campus at sunset looking southeast. The Stanford Dish and Interstate 280 in the distance. (Olivier Bonin/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)

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The largest camera ever built for astrophysics has completed the journey to Cerro Pachón in Chile, where it will soon help unlock the universe’s mysteries.

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Researchers developed new methods that produce intense attosecond pulses and pulse pairs to gain insights into the fastest motions inside atoms and molecules. It...

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Two determined fellows share their thoughts on representation, mentorship and staying true to themselves in STEM.

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Machine learning is becoming an essential part of a physicist’s toolkit. How should new students learn to use it?

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Researchers developed new methods that produce intense attosecond pulses and pulse pairs to gain insights into the fastest motions inside atoms and molecules. It...

attosecond
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Two determined fellows share their thoughts on representation, mentorship and staying true to themselves in STEM.

Annette Mendoza and Damion Tingle
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Machine learning is becoming an essential part of a physicist’s toolkit. How should new students learn to use it?

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Physics may seem like its own world, but different sectors using machine learning are all part of the same universe. 

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The first reflective coating was applied to Vera C. Rubin Observatory’s 8.4-meter combined primary/tertiary mirror using the observatory’s onsite coating chamber.

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The SLAC Summer Institute (SSI) is an annual two-week-long Summer School tradition since 1973. The theme of the 52st SLAC Summer Institute is “The...

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