SLAC's early history: A "monster" of an idea changed how we see the universe

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory celebrated 60 years of science in 2022. This video is the first part in a series of videos celebrating SLAC’s early and recent history of various areas of the lab. This video present the early history of SLAC (1960s-1990s) and the research on particle physics that lead to multiple Nobel Prizes.



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In 1962, in the rolling hills west of Stanford University, construction began on the longest and straightest structure in the world.


The lab honors its remarkable past while continuing its quest for a brighter future.

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