2013 News Feature Archive

October 22, 2013
News Feature
Sean Brennan's decades of X-ray expertise keep pulling him back to SLAC even though he formally retired in 2008. During a recent visit to the lab, he accepted the Farrel W. Lytle Award for his extensive contributions to SLAC's Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL).
Photo - Sean Brennan is pictured here in 1997, his 20...
October 21, 2013
News Feature
Working with a metal oxide that shows promise for future generations of electronic devices, IBM and SLAC scientists have shown they can precisely control the temperature at which it flips from being an electrical conductor to an insulator – and thus functions as an electronic switch.
Image - Straining vanadium dioxide causes the vanadiu...
October 18, 2013
News Feature
SLAC particle theorist Lance Dixon has been named co-winner of the 2014 J.J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics, awarded each year by the American Physical Society.
Photo – SLAC particle theorist Lance Dixon, one of th...
October 8, 2013
News Feature
The Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to theorists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert to recognize their work developing the theory of what is now known as the Higgs field. U.S. scientists played a significant role in advancing their theory and confirming it with the discovery of the Higgs boson.
ATLAS event display of a Higgs to four electrons candidate event. (courtesy CERN)
October 1, 2013
News Feature
In a detailed study of how intense light strips electrons from atoms, researchers used an X-ray laser, SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), to measure and sort the ejected electrons and discover how this process takes place.
Image - Neon atom illustration, showing electrons on ...
September 27, 2013
Press Release
In an advance that could dramatically shrink particle accelerators for science and medicine, researchers used a laser to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than conventional technology in a nanostructured glass chip smaller than a grain of rice.
Photo of two accelerator chips on the tip of a finger
September 27, 2013
News Feature
If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he would likely extend his often-quoted list of life's certainties – death and taxes – to include more and more data. SLAC computer scientist Jacek Becla couldn't agree more. As founder of the Extremely Large Databases (XLDB) conference, which serves people who work with datasets too large or complex for conventional solutions, Becla is intimately aware of the information explosion.
Photo - Attendees at the 2013 XLDB Conference (Copyri...
September 26, 2013
News Feature
Researchers hope to hijack a natural process called RNA interference to block the production of proteins linked to disease and treat medical conditions for which conventional drugs do not work, including cancer, heart disease, HIV and Parkinson’s disease.
The crystal structure of the human Argonaute2 protein...
September 18, 2013
News Feature
Scientists at SLAC have found a new method to create coherent beams of twisted light – light that spirals around a central axis as it travels.
Accelerator physicist Erik Hemsing next to the NLCTA,...
September 12, 2013
News Feature
When scientists found electrical current flowing where it shouldn't be – at the place where two insulating materials meet– it set off a frenzy of research that turned up more weird properties and the hope of creating a new class of electronics.
SLAC and Stanford researchers used an ultrasensitive ...
September 10, 2013
News Feature
Dao Xiang, a SLAC accelerator physicist, has received an international award for his work on a technique for tuning an electron beam with a laser to produce X-ray pulses with more uniform and predictable properties.
Dao Xiang. (Matt Beardsley/SLAC)
September 9, 2013
News Feature
A special issue of a physics publication highlights the contributions of SLAC's X-ray laser and the few similar lasers around the globe in probing the interaction of light and matter at the scale of atoms and electrons.
Cover art for "Frontiers of free-electron laser scien...
September 4, 2013
News Feature
Guarav "Gino" Giri, who this summer completed his doctoral work in chemical engineering at Stanford, has been selected to receive this year's Melvin P. Klein Scientific Development Award for his pioneering work aimed at understanding and improving organic semiconductor performance and developing new production methods.
Photo - Guarav "Gino" Giri prepares a coating experim...
September 3, 2013
News Feature
Crews will install a powerful new instrument, start assembling a new "self-seeding" system that will focus soft X-ray laser pulses into a bright, narrow band of colors, and upgrade several laser systems during two months of routine downtime at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray laser.
Photo - Component for a high-power laser upgrade at t...
September 3, 2013
News Feature
Word of the official beginning of the Dark Energy Survey (DES) starts a five-year clock on a meticulous mapping of one-eighth of the night sky by the Dark Energy Camera, mounted on the Victor M. Blanco Telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory.
Photo - From left: Eduardo Rozo, Risa Wechsler and El...
August 28, 2013
News Feature
In a new state-of-the-art lab at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, components of ribosomes – tiny biological machines that make new proteins and play a vital role in gene expression and antibiotic treatments – form crystals in a liquid solution.
Photo - Hasan Demirci, a visiting investigator from B...
August 22, 2013
News Feature
On June 11, 2008, what was then the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope rode a Delta II rocket into low-Earth orbit. After two months of tests and checks and calibrations, on August 11, 2008, NASA declared GLAST open for business as astrophysics' premier eye on the gamma-ray sky. Five years, a name change, a near miss with a defunct Soviet spy satellite, and countless surprises later, the spacecraft now known as the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is still going strong, with another five-year mission stretching ahead of it.
Photo - The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope launches June 11, 2008
August 22, 2013
News Feature
Jonathan Rivnay, a former Stanford graduate student who is now a postdoctoral fellow at the Center of Microelectronics in Provence, France, will receive this year's William E. and Diane M. Spicer Young Investigator Award in recognition of his synchrotron studies of organic semiconductors.
Photo - Jonathan Rivnay, a former Stanford graduate student, has been selected to receive an annual award in recognition of his synchrotron-based research. (Jonathan Rivnay)
August 19, 2013
News Feature
When it comes to improving the performance of lithium-ion batteries, no part should be overlooked – not even the glue that binds materials together in the cathode, researchers at SLAC and Stanford have found.
Image -  A new binder material forms a fine-grained (top) lithium sulfide/carbon composite cathode, compared with the large clumps (bottom) that form when another common binder is used.
August 16, 2013
News Feature
Ingolf Lindau, a professor emeritus of electrical engineering at Stanford and of photon science at SLAC, will be honored with a special seminar today highlighting his many contributions to X-ray science. The seminar is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Building 48 Redwood rooms at SLAC. It is open to the public, and there is no charge to attend.
Photo - Ingolf Lindau at the Spear3 dedication ceremony on Jan. 29, 2004. (SLAC Archives and History Office)

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