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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
July 31, 2017
Press Release
A serendipitous discovery lets researchers spy on this self-assembly process for the first time with SLAC’s X-ray synchrotron. What they learn will help them fine-tune precision materials for electronics, catalysis and more.
Illustration of nanocrystals forming into superlattices at SLAC's SSRL
July 26, 2017
Press Release
SLAC’s ultrafast “electron camera” reveals unusual atomic motions that could be crucial for the efficiency of next-generation perovskite solar cells.
UED Perovskites
July 11, 2017
News Feature
The research team was able to watch energy from light flow through atomic ripples in a molecule. Such insights may provide new ways to develop a class of materials that improve efficiency and reduce the size of applications like solar cells and memory storage devices.
View of the The X-ray Pump Probe instrument at SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source.
July 6, 2017
Press Release
Extraordinarily precise measurements -- within millionths of a billionth of a second and a billionth of a hair's breadth -- show this ‘electron-phonon coupling’ can be far stronger than predicted, and could potentially play a role in unconventional superconductivity.
Illustration of a laser beam triggering atomic vibrations in iron selenide
June 27, 2017
News Feature
The award recognizes the Stanford/SLAC professor’s pioneering work in the fields of energy and nanomaterials science.
Photo - Yi Cui SLAC/Stanford professor
June 26, 2017
News Feature
An international team of researchers fabricated an atomically thin material and measured its exotic and durable properties that make it a promising candidate for a budding branch of electronics known as “spintronics.”
June 14, 2017
News Feature
Propagating “charge density wave” fluctuations are seen in superconducting copper oxides for the first time.
Illustration of electronic behavior in copper oxide materials
April 21, 2017
News Feature
Researchers at SLAC are already looking at the largely unexplored realm of attosecond science.
April 21, 2017
News Feature
Aaron Lindenberg, associate professor at Stanford and SLAC, talks about how he combines X-ray and electron techniques to understand and engineer novel materials.

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