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May 16, 2012
News Feature
An international team of researchers has used SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) to discover never-before-seen behavior by electrons in complex materials with extraordinary properties.
alternating stripes of charges and spins that self-organize in a particular nickel oxide at sufficiently low temperatures
February 28, 2012
News Feature
A surprising atomic-scale wiggle underlies the way a special class of materials reacts to light, according to research that may lead to new devices for harvesting solar energy.
artist's conception depicts the sudden contraction and elongation experienced by the unit cell of the ferroelectric material lead titanate as an intense pulse of violet light hits it
January 31, 2012
News Feature
Scientists have found a way to distort the atomic arrangement and change the magnetic properties of an important class of electronic materials with ultra-short pulses of terahertz (mid-infrared) laser light without heating the material up.
This graphic depicts an ultrashort pulse of terahertz light distorting a manganite crystal lattice
December 13, 2011
News Feature
After five night shifts of shooting pairs of X-ray pulses through soups of fine sand and gold, Aymeric Robert was tired but exhilarated. The first experiment with an instrument he helped bring into being – the X-ray Correlation Spectroscopy (XCS) instrument at SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source – had just ended, launching a new tool for understanding liquids, glasses and other less-than-orderly substances.
 The team that conducted the first experiment on the X-ray Correlation Spectroscopy instrument at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source
June 2, 2011
News Feature
In 1971, physicist Burton Richter of Stanford Linear Accelerator Center was building a new type of particle collider called a storage ring.
soft X-ray fluorescence at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source
February 3, 2011
Press Release
Two studies to be published February 3 in Nature demonstrate how the unique capabilities of the world’s first hard X-ray free-electron laser—the Linac Coherent Light Source, located at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory—could revolutionize the study of life.
Mimivirus X-ray Diffraction Pattern

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