Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS)

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August 28, 2013
News Feature
In a new state-of-the-art lab at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, components of ribosomes – tiny biological machines that make new proteins and play a vital role in gene expression and antibiotic treatments – form crystals in a liquid solution.
Photo - Hasan Demirci, a visiting investigator from B...
August 9, 2013
News Feature
A high-energy SLAC laser that creates shock waves and superhot plasmas needs to cool for about 10 minutes between shots. In the meantime, the rapid-fire pulses produced by SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser, which probes the extreme states of matter produced by this initial laser shot, are unused.
Photo - This equipment is used to quickly move a mirror in or out of the path of X-rays at LCLS to switch them to different experiments. (Matt Beardsley)
July 30, 2013
News Feature
A new tool at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source splits individual X-ray laser pulses into two pulses that can hit a target one right after another with precisely controlled timing, allowing scientists to trigger and measure specific ultrafast changes in atoms and molecules.
Photo - The assembly team for the split-and-delay sys...
July 23, 2013
News Feature
It all comes down to one tiny spot on a diamond-cut, highly pure copper plate.
Photo - SLAC's Sasha Gilevich, middle, works on laser...
July 17, 2013
News Feature
A new screening program will allow researchers to quickly confirm whether precious biological samples yield useful information when struck by the intense X-ray pulses at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS).
Photo - Marc Messerschmidt, a staff scientist who leads the Protein Crystal Screening Program at the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray laser, works at the Coherent X-ray Imaging (CXI) experimental station. (Matt Beardsley)
June 25, 2013
News Feature
A tool developed half a century ago for sorting subatomic particles has been redesigned to measure X-ray laser pulses at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS).
Photo - Patrick Krejcik, left, a SLAC accelerator physicist and XTCAV project manager, and Yuantao Ding, a staff scientist and lead researcher on the XTCAV project, pictured in front of the XTCAV device. (Matt Beardsley)
June 18, 2013
News Feature
John Hill watched with eager anticipation as controllers ramped up the power systems driving SLAC's X-ray laser in an attempt to achieve the record high energies needed to make his experiment a runaway success.
Photo - Linear accelerator tunnel at SLAC. (SLAC Multimedia Communications)
June 12, 2013
News Feature
It's no surprise that the data systems for SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser have drawn heavily on the expertise of the particle physics community, where collecting and analyzing massive amounts of data are key to scientific success.
Photo - Amedeo Perazzo.
May 24, 2013
News Feature
Pushing gold exploration to the nanoscale, scientists used SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser to produce a series of 3-D images that detail a ringing effect in tiny gold crystals.
Image - 3-D rendering of a gold nanocrystal, with are...
May 14, 2013
News Feature
Three SLAC scientists will receive Early Career Research Program grants from the U.S. Department of Energy for research to boost the peak power of X-ray laser pulses, model catalytic chemical reactions and build better simulations of particle collisions at CERN's Large Hadron Collider.
Photos - From left, Thomas Bligaard, Stefan Hoeche and Juhao Wu. (Credits: Matt Beardsley, Juhao Wu)

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