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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...
April 24, 2013
Press Release
Menlo Park, Calif. — Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have designed a low-cost, long-life battery that could enable solar and wind energy to become major suppliers to the electrical grid.
Photo of battery demonstration, a flask half-full of ...
April 4, 2013
News Feature
Stephanie Mack, 20, read and reread the email in disbelief.
Photo - Shih-Wen Huang, left, and Stephanie Mack in Soft X-ray Instrument  control room
March 19, 2013
News Feature
Using laser light to read and write magnetic data by quickly flipping tiny magnetic domains could help keep pace with the demand for faster computing devices.
Photo - inside RCI sample chamber
March 14, 2013
Press Release
The ultrafast, ultrabright X-ray pulses of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) have enabled unprecedented views of a catalyst in action, an important step in the effort to develop cleaner and more efficient energy sources.
Artist rendition: molecules react with the surface of a catalyst in real time
February 7, 2013
News Feature
A material that could enable faster memory chips and more efficient batteries can switch between high and low ionic conductivity states much faster than previously thought, SLAC and Stanford researchers have determined. The key is to use extremely small chunks of it.
Image - Artistic rendering of elements at atomic level.
February 5, 2013
News Feature
Daniel DePonte, a pioneer in finding ways to serve up a steady and precise supply of crystals, viruses and other precious samples for laser experiments, is the newly hired sample-delivery group leader for SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser.
Photo - Daniel DePonte standing in experimental station.
January 30, 2013
News Feature
The way electrons move within and between molecules, transferring energy as they go, plays an important role in many chemical and biological processes, such as the conversion of sunlight to energy in photosynthesis and solar cells
Image - Tubular, color-coded molecular model.
November 14, 2012
News Feature
A team led by SLAC and Stanford scientists has made an important discovery toward understanding how a large group of complex copper oxide materials lose their electrical resistance at remarkably high temperatures.
Photo - Scientists standing with equipment at SLAC.
November 12, 2012
Press Release
Menlo Park, Calif. — Researchers using the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have found a way to strip most of the electrons from xenon atoms, creating a “supercharged,” strongly positive state at energies previously thought too low.
Photo of the CAMP Chamber at LCLS

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