2011 News Feature Archive

December 14, 2011
News Feature
Spokespersons for CMS and ATLAS, the two biggest experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, announced yesterday that both experiments have found strong hints in their data of something that could be a low-mass Higgs boson – and added that they are well-situated to give a more definitive answer by the end of next year. But, as pointed out by SLAC physicist and ATLAS collaboration member Charlie Young, the salt shaker is still on the table.
Scientists, journalists and others converging at CERN
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
December 12, 2011
News Feature
Its creators saw it as a great way to share information among the world’s widespread particle physics community.
Bebo White and Les Cottrell
December 7, 2011
News Feature
If the excitement and enthusiasm of young scientists like Eric Verploegen could be pumped directly into the power grid, the world's energy problems could be solved tomorrow.
Eric Verploegen
November 30, 2011
News Feature
Wendy Li-Wen Mao, a mineral physicist at SLAC and Stanford, says scientists have speculated about various ways the Earth’s iron-rich core and its rocky mantle separate and interact.
Wendy Mao
November 30, 2011
News Feature
Sandy Merola, SLAC’s Chief Operating Officer, has a prominent role in a short video celebrating the 25th anniversary of ESnet, the pioneering high-bandwidth computer network that now connects thousands of DOE researchers at more than 40 different national laboratories and supercomputing facilities and links them to research partners worldwide.
Sandy Merola on YouTube
November 29, 2011
News Feature
Harold Hwang, professor of applied physics and photon science at Stanford and SLAC, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society, the largest physics association in the world.
Harold Hwang
November 28, 2011
News Feature
When he’s not actually doing experiments, SLAC physicist and Nobel laureate Martin Perl loves to talk about important trends in physics.
Martin Perl
November 22, 2011
News Feature
In 2009, when biophysicist Ilme Schlichting and her colleagues applied to use the X-ray laser at SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source, they added a radical idea to their proposal: They would make all the data they collected on two viruses and a nanoparticle available to the public one year after the experiment ended.
Ilme Schlichting
November 17, 2011
Press Release
Menlo Park, Calif. — If we could make plant food from nitrogen the way nature does, we’d have a much greener method for manufacturing fertilizer – a process that requires such high temperatures and pressures that it consumes about 1.5 percent of the world’s energy.
SLAC Physicist Uwe Bergmann
November 17, 2011
News Feature
Oxygen performs many key functions in the body’s internal chemistry, but the life-sustaining molecule can’t do its job alone.
Ball-and-stick model of an X-ray crystal structure
November 14, 2011
News Feature
Firing Up LCLS for Fifth Run - With All Six Instruments
Matter in Extreme Conditions (MEC) Hutch
November 8, 2011
News Feature
Using leftover high-speed electrons from SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source, researchers have successfully generated intense pulses of light in a largely untapped part of the electromagnetic spectrum – the so-called terahertz gap.
illustration of a terahertz pulse
November 7, 2011
News Feature
Fifteen years ago, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) scientist Apurva Mehta volunteered to help a friend build beamline parts at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL). Today, he's "still mucking around with beamlines."
Apurva Mehta, SSRL Staff Scientist
November 3, 2011
News Feature
In a paper published Nov. 2 in Nature Communications, a team of researchers led by University of Maryland's Ichiro Takeuchi, in collaboration with Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource's Apurva Mehta, reported the discovery of large magnetostriction in an iron/cobalt alloy — in other words, the alloy shows a mechanical strain when a magnetic field is applied.
Apurva Mehta, SSRL Staff Scientist
November 1, 2011
News Feature
The Department of Energy has approved a preliminary budget, schedule and design plans for the LCLS-II project, an expansion of SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source.
Photo - Perspective shot of underground LCLS UndPerspective shot of underground LCLS Undulator Hall at SLAC
November 1, 2011
Press Release
Stanford University announced today that Persis S. Drell, director at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, has decided to return to her position as a faculty member.
Persis Drell, SLAC Director
October 27, 2011
News Feature
Piero Pianetta, deputy director of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, was honored with the 2011 Farrel W. Lytle Award on Oct. 24, during the 2011 SSRL/LCLS Annual Users’ Meeting at SLAC.
2011 Lytle Award Presentation
October 26, 2011
News Feature
A half-sized Fermi space telescope model, originally launched from SLAC's booth at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, last year in New Orleans, has settled into a new orbit above the downstairs foyer at the Kavli Auditorium.
Tofigh Azemoon sitting in front of Fermi telescope model hung in Kavli. Tofigh Azemoon with his half-sized model of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope
October 25, 2011
News Feature
One of the most striking features of particle collisions is the jet: a spray of particles, or energy – or both – produced when hadrons, the quark-containing particles that give the Large Hadron Collider its name, slam together.
Image - A rainbow burst depicting a simulated black hole event in ATLAS detector Image - A rainbow burst depicting a simulated black hole event in ATLAS detector

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