LCLS Atomic, Molecular & Optical Science (AMO)

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April 10, 2019
News Feature
In the decade since LCLS produced its first light, it has pushed boundaries in countless areas of discovery.
Undulator Hall
December 8, 2017
News Feature
Here's a glimpse of what we've been up to during the last experimental run – from June to November 2017 – at the Linac Coherent Light Source.
A research collaboration in the CXI control room.
August 17, 2017
News Feature
With SLAC’s X-ray laser, scientists captured a virus changing shape and rearranging its genome to invade a cell.
The AMO (Atomic, Molecular & Optical Science) instrument
September 1, 2015
News Feature
A major international effort at SLAC is focused on improving our views of intact viruses, living bacteria and other tiny samples using the brightest X-ray light on Earth.
Image - Researchers discuss technical details and monitor the performance of a single particle imaging experiment conducted by a global scientific collaboration in late July and early August at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser.
March 2, 2015
News Feature
For the first time, researchers have produced a 3-D image revealing some of the inner structure of an intact, infectious virus.
Image - This rendering shows a 3-D reconstruction of a Mimivirus, based on an analysis of a collection of X-ray diffraction patterns obtained in an experiment at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser. (Uppsala University)
February 11, 2015
Press Release
Researchers working at SLAC have captured the first X-ray portraits of living bacteria.
Image - This photo illustration shows a pond containing a visible bloom of cyanobacteria, with an artistic rendering of an individual cell, left, and a reconstructed image of a single cell based on data from an experiment at SLAC's LCLS X-ray laser.
November 20, 2014
In this lecture, SLAC’s Ryan Coffee explains how researchers are beginning to use pattern recognition and machine learning to study chemical reactions at the level of atoms and molecules with the LCLS X-ray laser.
August 21, 2014
Press Release
An experiment revealed a well-organized 3-D grid of quantum "tornadoes" inside microscopic droplets of supercooled liquid helium – the first time this formation has been seen at such a tiny scale.
August 6, 2014
News Feature
SLAC researchers have developed a laser-timing system that could lead to X-ray snapshots fast enough to reveal the triggers of chemical and material reactions.
Image - An illustration of the setup used to test an "attosecond" timing tool at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser. The dashed line represents the arrival time of the X-ray laser.
July 17, 2014
News Feature
In an experiment at SLAC's X-ray laser, scientists split molecules into two fragments using pulses of infrared light, and then used X-ray pulses to observe the transfer of electrons.
Image - In this illustration of a severed methyl iodide molecule, electrons jump the gap from one fragment containing carbon and hydrogen atoms (right) to the other fragment, which contains an iodine atom (left).

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