SLAC overview

SLAC is a vibrant place where a diverse group of people comes together to work on a shared mission of exploring the universe at the biggest, smallest and fastest scales. Watch this overview video and learn about our cutting-edge research and our rich legacy that we continue to build upon. Located in the rolling hills west of Stanford University, SLAC occupies 426 acres of Stanford-owned land and has many close ties to the university, which manages the lab for the Department of Energy Office of Science.



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SLAC is a vibrant multiprogram laboratory that explores how the universe works at the biggest, smallest and fastest scales and invents powerful tools used by scientists around the globe. With research spanning particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology, materials, chemistry, bio- and energy sciences and scientific computing, we help solve real-world problems and advance the interests of the nation.

SLAC is operated by Stanford University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.

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