2013 News Feature Archive

June 3, 2013
Press Release
Through innovations to a printing process, researchers have made major improvements to organic electronics – a technology in demand for lightweight, low-cost solar cells, flexible electronic displays and tiny sensors. The printing method is fast and works with a variety of organic materials to produce semiconductors of strikingly higher quality than what has so far been achieved with similar methods.
Array of 1-mm-wide by 2-cm-long single-crystal organic semiconductors
May 24, 2013
News Feature
Pushing gold exploration to the nanoscale, scientists used SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser to produce a series of 3-D images that detail a ringing effect in tiny gold crystals.
Image - 3-D rendering of a gold nanocrystal, with are...
May 23, 2013
News Feature
Jens Nørskov, director of SLAC's SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis, has received the G.A. Hagemann Gold Medal for engineering scientific research from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).
Photo - Jens Nørskov receives award from Anders Bjarklev
May 22, 2013
News Feature
Scientists from the Joint Center for Structural Genomics (JCSG) at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have determined the 3-D structure of the chemically active part of an enzyme involved in stuttering.
Image - Human uncovering enzyme with microbial counterpart
May 21, 2013
News Feature
Now that it looks like the hunt for the Higgs boson is over, particles of dark matter are at the top of the physics "Most Wanted" list.
KIPAC theorists (l to r) Louis Strigari, Risa Wechsler and Yao-Yuan Mao discussing dark matter velocity distributions. (Credit: Luis Fernandez.)
May 16, 2013
News Feature
Two SLAC physicists with decades of particle accelerator experience helped a Silicon Valley company design and build X-ray devices that scan cargo containers for nuclear materials and other hazards.
Photo - Juwen Wang, left, and Roger Miller. (Credit: ...
May 14, 2013
News Feature
Three SLAC scientists will receive Early Career Research Program grants from the U.S. Department of Energy for research to boost the peak power of X-ray laser pulses, model catalytic chemical reactions and build better simulations of particle collisions at CERN's Large Hadron Collider.
Photos - From left, Thomas Bligaard, Stefan Hoeche and Juhao Wu. (Credits: Matt Beardsley, Juhao Wu)
May 9, 2013
News Feature
Last year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry – shared by Stanford School of Medicine Professor Brian Kobilka and Robert Lefkowitz of Duke University – recognized groundbreaking research in G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs).
Image: Researchers Dingjie Wang and Garret Nelson fro...
May 3, 2013
News Feature
A record-setting blast of gamma rays from a dying star in a distant galaxy has wowed astronomers around the world.
Image - Superbright gamma-ray burst
April 30, 2013
News Feature
Two SLAC-affiliated professors were recently elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Photos of SLAC-affiliated professors Bienenstock (left) and Michelson (right)
April 24, 2013
Press Release
Menlo Park, Calif. — Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have designed a low-cost, long-life battery that could enable solar and wind energy to become major suppliers to the electrical grid.
Photo of battery demonstration, a flask half-full of ...
April 18, 2013
News Feature
In the nearly six decades since quasars were discovered, the list of these energetic galaxies powered by supermassive black holes has grown to more than 100,000 – enough examples to reveal important information about the quasar population as a whole.
Artist's conception of a quasar (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.)
April 17, 2013
News Feature
An imaging technique conceived 50 years ago has been successfully demonstrated at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source, where it is expected to improve results in a range of experiments, including studies of extreme states of matter formed by shock waves.
Image - Setup of an LCLS experiment using ptychography.
April 16, 2013
News Feature
Harold Y. Hwang, professor of applied physics and photon science at Stanford and SLAC, has won the 2013 Ho-Am Award in Science, one of five annual awards often referred to as the Korean equivalent of the Nobel prizes.
Photo - Harold Hwang
April 15, 2013
News Feature
Physicists operating an experiment located half a mile underground in Minnesota reported this weekend that they have found possible hints of dark-matter particles.
Close-up photo of copper dark matter detectors
April 4, 2013
News Feature
Stephanie Mack, 20, read and reread the email in disbelief.
Photo - Shih-Wen Huang, left, and Stephanie Mack in Soft X-ray Instrument  control room
March 27, 2013
News Feature
After a decade spent studying some of the most puzzling questions in astrophysics, providing research and learning opportunities to more than 100 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, publishing thousands of scientific papers and pushing back the boundaries of what's known about the cosmos, the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology decided to celebrate by inviting the community to a birthday party.
Photo - Student's silhouette against a projection screen.
March 26, 2013
News Feature
SLAC researchers have demonstrated for the first time how to produce pairs of X-ray laser pulses in slightly different wavelengths, or colors, with finely adjustable intervals between them – a feat that will allow them to watch molecular motion as it unfolds and explore other ultrafast processes.
March 20, 2013
News Feature
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Department of Energy recently launched a new feature, Women @ Energy, which showcases DOE employees who work in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Photo - Amber Boehnlein writing on white board.
March 19, 2013
News Feature
Using laser light to read and write magnetic data by quickly flipping tiny magnetic domains could help keep pace with the demand for faster computing devices.
Photo - inside RCI sample chamber