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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Once set in place atop a telescope in Chile, the 3,200-megapixel LSST Camera will help researchers better understand dark matter, dark energy and other mysteries of our universe.

LSST Camera for Rubin Observatory is complete
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Researchers have used the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument to make the largest 3D map of our universe and world-leading measurements of dark energy, the...

A fan-shaped map shows a lumpy web of galaxies
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In a new study, SLAC researchers suggest a small-scale solution could be the key to solving a large-scale mystery.

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Sensors designed and created at SLAC could help a proposed satellite mission map the X-ray emissions of galaxies with unprecedented precision.

a hexagonal, copper and gold-colored experimental apparatus.
News Brief

Researchers have used the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument to make the largest 3D map of our universe and world-leading measurements of dark energy, the...

A fan-shaped map shows a lumpy web of galaxies
News Brief

In a new study, SLAC researchers suggest a small-scale solution could be the key to solving a large-scale mystery.

Black spheres travel across a grid of blue spheres.
News Feature

Sensors designed and created at SLAC could help a proposed satellite mission map the X-ray emissions of galaxies with unprecedented precision.

a hexagonal, copper and gold-colored experimental apparatus.
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An advisory committee recommends the US work to advance three key areas of emerging accelerator technology.

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Lynbrook High School and Joaquin Miller Middle School will continue on to nationals from the regional event hosted at SLAC.   

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Researchers have uncovered new insights about tungsten's ability to conduct heat, which could lead to materials advancements for fusion reactor and aerospace technologies.

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