By the numbers

SLAC at a glance

What is SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory? The numbers tell the tale.

SLAC by the Numbers

SLAC contract signingFounded in 1962 with 200 employees
Group photo of SLAC staff1,800 employees from 55 countries plus over 300 postdocs and grad students.
Group photo of Fermi teamThousands of researchers from around the world use our cutting-edge facilities.
Linear accelerator building699 tons of equipment removed from SLAC linac to make way for LCLS‑II
Roger Kornberg4 Nobel Prizes awarded to 6 laureates for their research at SLAC
Detector in experimental hutch20 companies use our X‑ray facilities for research aimed at developing medicines and other products.
Aerial view of SLACOur linear accelerator structure is 3,073.72 meters long …one of the longest modern buildings on Earth!
LCLS-II X-ray laserElectrons zip down the accelerator at 669,600,000 mph …that's 99.9999999% of the speed of light!
Cryo-EM180 universities & research institutes make use of our resources.
Aerial view of SLAC426-acre campus in Menlo Park, CA
PULSE scientistsSLAC works with Stanford in 6 joint research centers
Illustration of AttoclockOur X‑ray laser zaps samples with light pulses lasting 10-15 seconds …that's millionths of a billionth of a second!
Newspaper clipping announcing Project MOur lab has gone by 3 names
LSST camera cutaway diagramWe've designed and built a 3,200 megapixel camera for the Legacy Survey of Space and Time that will shoot the equivalent of 800,000 8-megapixel digital camera images per night.
LCLS Far Experimental Hall36,000,000 °F matter created at LCLS mimics extreme conditions in the hearts of stars and planets.
Gamma rays200+ pulsars discovered by the Fermi Gamma‑ray Space Telescope since its launch in 2008. SLAC managed construction of its main instrument, the Large Area Telescope.
Meeting of Homebrew Computer Club1975 The Homebrew Computer Club began meeting in the SLAC auditorium. This Silicon Valley grassroots group helped spark the personal computing revolution.
Replica skeleton fossilSLAC’s 1st scientific discovery is 14 million years old A Neoparadoxia repenningi fossil was found during excavation for the linear accelerator in 1964. The marine mammal resembled a hippo.
Screenshot of first SLAC webpageSLACVM was the 1st website in North America, designed in 1991 to help physicists share their research results.
LCLS-II cyromodulesOur upgraded LCLS‑II X‑ray laser beam will be 10,000x brighter & fire 8,000x faster, up to 1 million pulses per second.
LCLS-II Accelerator cavityLCLS‑II's X‑ray laser beam will operate at 2 kelvins …colder than outer space!
FACET-II scientific facilityAccelerators could become 1000x shorter with future plasma acceleration techniques developed at FACET‑II.