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News Feature · VIA Symmetry Magazine

Finding art in astrophysics technology

LSST Camera images provide the inspiration for artist Lennart Lahuis’s “Astromelancholia.”


A machine learning algorithm automatically extracts information to speed up – and extend – the study of materials with X-ray pulse pairs.

A pattern of red and yellow dots surrounded by a ring of blue dots on a black background.

Two GEM Fellows reflect on their summer internships at SLAC and share their thoughts on representation and mentorship.

Nate Keyes and Zariq George
For decades, materials scientists have focused on materials that are relatively balanced and unchanging – but not Yijing Huang, a postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. With the aid of SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source...
Yijing Huang at Stanford University
Chi-Chang Kao has decided to return to research after serving 10 years as director of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. He will continue in the lab director role until a replacement is found.
SLAC Director Chi-Chang Kao
Blaine Mooers, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, has won this year’s  Farrel W. Lytle Award for advancing synchrotron science and RNA editing research at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National...
Blaine Mooers

The Stanford Board of Trustees held its first meeting of the 2022-23 academic year Oct. 17-18. Trustees toured the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and met the new dean of the Doerr School of Sustainability, among other matters.

Aerial photo of SLAC research yard

Encapsulating precious-metal catalysts in a web-like alumina framework could reduce the amount needed in catalytic converters – and our dependency on these scarce metals.

A web of red material encapsulates blue polyhedrons.

Bernhard Mistlberger will receive the APS's 2023 Henry Primakoff Award for Early-Career Particle Physics for his work on precision Standard Model calculations.

A man smiles at the camera.
Silicon, an element abundant in Earth’s crust, is currently the most widely used semiconductor material and is important in fields like engineering, geophysics and plasma physics. But despite decades of studies, how the material transforms when hit with powerful shockwaves...
MEC silicon