Facilities at SLAC with SPEAR at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) to the left and Matter in Extreme Conditions (MEC) hutch to the right.
Where research happens

Facilities & centers

SLAC is known for building big sophisticated machines for teasing out the secrets of the universe. They give researchers new eyes on the world, spurring discoveries that spark new inventions in a continuous cycle. In our large-scale facilities and research centers, scientists take advantage of specialized tools and expertise and collaborate with colleagues from a wide range of fields.

SLAC Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) accelerator tunnel.

Sophisticated Tools

Scientific facilities

Three of our facilities – SSRL, FACET-II and LCLS, including the MeV-UED instrument – are DOE Office of Science user facilities where thousands of scientists from around the world come to do experiments each year.

PULSE graduate student Jian Chen in a laser lab at SLAC.

Teaming up with Stanford

Joint Institutes & Centers

In our four joint institutes with Stanford, researchers reap the benefits of close collaborations and train the next generation of scientists. Another joint facility makes cutting-edge bioimaging technology available to the scientific community.

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Visionary science

Explore our frontier research

SLAC research explores nature on all scales, from the unseen realms of fundamental particles and unbelievably fast processes to astrophysical phenomena of cosmic dimensions that unfold over the age of the universe.

Ultra-bright X-ray laser pulses can be used to strip electrons away from atoms.
Our legacy and future

Our partnerships

Our partnerships with the DOE, Stanford University and industry are vital to our mission and to the growth and direction of our research programs.

SLAC researchers at an SSRL beamline where transition edge sensors (TES) have been installed to detect low-energy X-rays.
World class facilities

SLAC user portal

SLAC’s scientific users are critical to the laboratory’s success, driving scientific discoveries and contributing to the lab’s technological advancements. Thousands of scientists from all over the world access SLAC each year to participate in user research.

MFX Hutch 4.5 and control room.