Matter in Extreme Conditions
SLAC’s ‘electron camera’ films rapidly melting tungsten and reveals atomic-level material behavior that could impact the design of future reactors.
The approach could advance our understanding of fundamental forces under extreme conditions with applications from astrophysics to fusion research.
In the decade since LCLS produced its first light, it has pushed boundaries in countless areas of discovery.
Researchers used a unique approach to learn more about what happens to silicon under intense pressure.
SLAC scientists find a new way to explain how a black hole’s plasma jets boost particles to the highest energies observed in the universe. The results could also prove useful for fusion and accelerator research on Earth.
The initiative will give scientists more access to powerful lasers at universities and labs.
In a first, researchers measure extremely small and fast changes that occur in plasma when it’s zapped with a laser. Their technique will have applications in astrophysics, medicine and fusion energy.
Their work will deepen our understanding of matter in extreme conditions and fundamental particle physics.
SLAC’s high-speed ‘electron camera’ shows for the first time the coexistence of solid and liquid in laser-heated gold, providing new clues for designing materials that can withstand extreme conditions.
Experiments at SLAC heated water from room temperature to 100,000 degrees Celsius in less than a millionth of a millionth of a second, producing an exotic state of water that could shed light on Earth’s most important liquid.