SLAC main quad, with the Science and User Support Building and the Arrillaga Science Center
Our Story

About SLAC

As one of 17 Department of Energy national labs, SLAC pushes the frontiers of human knowledge and drives discoveries that benefit humankind. We invent the tools that make those discoveries possible and share them with scientists all over the world.

Today SLAC is a multiprogram laboratory exploring the universe from the largest to the smallest to the fastest. Our efforts in new technology, such as machine learning and quantum information science, invite the brightest minds to solve challenges we face as a society.”

Lab overview Lab organization

Chi-Chang Kao Lab Director
Chi-Chang Kao, Lab Director.
Staff engineer Bruis van Vlijmen demonstrates how he works in the Battery Informatics Lab at SLAC

Stronger together

Our research and industry partnerships

We build relationships with industry and other partners to bridge the gap between scientific discoveries and their practical applications.

Key partners

SLAC, Stanford & Department of Energy

Stanford University operates SLAC for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science – a partnership that is key to our successful work at the forefront of science.

SLAC+Stanford

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About SLAC

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is a Department of Energy national lab run by Stanford in the heart of Silicon Valley. We invent scientific tools to explore the universe at its biggest, its smallest and its fastest. Watch this short video to understand our place. 

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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is a Department of Energy national lab run by Stanford in the heart of Silicon Valley. We invent scientific tools to explore the universe at its biggest, its smallest and its fastest. (Olivier Bonin/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)

SLAC’s scientific legacy

Our history

Originally founded for breakthrough research in particle physics, SLAC has evolved into a multipurpose lab whose mission is to explore the world at all scales, from the tiniest fundamental particles to the largest structures in the universe.

Staff engineer Dominique White, center, talks with project manager Dennis Martinez-Galarce.

Making science accessible

Our facilities and research centers

At our large-scale facilities and specialized centers, scientists take advantage of a powerful combination of tools and expertise and collaborate with colleagues from a wide range of fields.

A vibrant community

Our people

It takes all kinds of people - a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences, ideas and skills - to pursue our mission and make the lab a great place to work. 

Experience SLAC 

Visit our lab

Participate in our public tours and events to get a front-row view of the exciting world of science.