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August 15, 2017
News Feature
Tripling the energy and refining the shape of optical laser pulses at LCLS’s Matter in Extreme Conditions instrument allows researchers to recreate higher-pressure conditions and explore unsolved questions relevant to fusion energy, plasma physics and materials science.
Laser engineers with the upgraded Matter in Extreme Conditions optical laser
August 10, 2017
News Feature
Zeeshan Ahmed, Frederico Fiuza and Emilio Nanni will each receive about $2.5 million over five years to pursue cutting-edge research into cosmic inflation, plasma acceleration and using terahertz waves to accelerate particles.
SLAC's 2017 DOE Early Career Award winners
May 15, 2017
News Feature
Frederico Fiuza and his team are conducting thorough investigations of plasma physics to discern the fundamental processes that accelerate particles.
April 20, 2017
News Feature
Read about how SLAC professor Siegfried Glenzer creates extreme conditions like those in the cores of planets and studies nuclear fusion.
April 12, 2017
Press Release
Join us for five days of ultrafast science from April 17 to 21.
April 15, 2016
News Feature
Computer simulations and lab experiments help researchers understand the violent universe and could potentially lead to new technologies that benefit humankind.
January 6, 2016
News Feature
The 2010 experiment marked a significant step forward in understanding extreme states of matter at the hearts of stars, planets and nuclear fusion reactions.
The interior of an LCLS chamber set up for an investigation into hot, dense matter.
October 5, 2015
News Feature
A 200-terawatt laser at SLAC will synchronize with X-ray laser pulses to precisely measure more extreme temperatures and pressures in exotic forms of matter.
Image - Eduardo Granados inspects a large titanium sapphire crystal, the operative component in a newly upgraded high-power laser system that is designed to work in conjunction with a unique X-ray laser at SLAC.
September 14, 2015
A SLAC study observed silica's shockingly fast transformation into a highly compressed form found in meteor craters.
Image - Meteor Crater, formed by a meteorite impact 50,000 years ago in Arizona, produced a hard, compressed form of silica known as stishovite. Researchers measured the transformation of a fused silica glass into stishovite using SLAC's X-ray laser.
July 6, 2015
News Feature
Researchers have used an X-ray laser to record, in detail never possible before, the microscopic motion and effects of shock waves rippling across diamond.
Image - Researchers prepare for an experiment in the Matter in Extreme Conditions station’s chamber at SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser. (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)