2014 News Feature Archive

March 6, 2014
News Feature
An experiment at SLAC’s X-ray laser has revealed the first atomic-scale details of a new technique that could point the way to faster data storage in smartphones, laptops and other devices.
Image - A laser-driven electric pulse excites a magnetic response in a multiferroic material that is measured by SLAC's X-ray laser pulse (blue).
March 5, 2014
News Feature
A cooperative agreement with Palo-Alto based CPI opens the door to routine commercial manufacturing of these powerful vacuum tube devices, which convert electron beams into microwaves that are used to accelerate subatomic particles.
CPI President and Chief Operating Officer Robert A. Fickett, left, and SLAC Lab Director Chi-Chang Kao look at one of the XL5 klystrons the company built under a cooperative agreement with SLAC.
March 4, 2014
News Feature
Particle Fever is a documentary that follows scientists involved in research at the Large Hadron Collider, including the ATLAS Experiment in which SLAC participates. The film opens this week in select theaters across the United States.
March 3, 2014
News Feature
An international research team has discovered a potentially clean, low-cost way to convert carbon dioxide into methanol, a key ingredient in the production of plastics, adhesives and solvents, and a promising fuel for transportation.
Jens Norskov
February 28, 2014
News Feature
In a newly announced result from the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search experiment, scientists have placed a more stringent limit on "light," or low-mass, dark matter. SLAC and Stanford members of CDMS created the detectors used in the search, and SLAC graduate student Kristi Schneck was a key member of the analysis team that produced the result.
February 20, 2014
News Feature
Black widow spiders and their Australian cousins, known as redbacks, are notorious for their tainted love, expressed as an unsettling tendency to kill and devour their male partners. Astronomers have noted similar behavior among two rare breeds of binary system that contain rapidly spinning neutron stars, also known as pulsars.
Image - Illustration of black widow pulsar blasting material off companion star
February 19, 2014
News Feature
Growing up in China shortly after the Cultural Revolution, Zhirong Huang may have been the only middle-school child in Beijing who knew anything about SLAC. Today he’s a notable innovator in the design of particle accelerators and free-electron lasers.
Zhirong Huang, associate professor of physics
February 18, 2014
News Feature
Twenty years after a cutting-edge particle physics experiment at SLAC adopted a royal elephant from a series of children's books as its mascot, BaBar (the experiment, not the elephant) is still looking ahead to future discoveries.
February 16, 2014
Press Release
An electrode designed like a pomegranate – with silicon nanoparticles clustered like seeds in a tough carbon rind – overcomes several remaining obstacles to using silicon for a new generation of lithium-ion batteries, say its inventors at Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
A fanciful illustration of pomegranate seeds inside a conventional battery
February 13, 2014
News Feature
SLAC hosted 21 teams at the Department of Energy Regional Bay Area Science Bowl on Feb. 8. The winners from Homestead High School will head to Washington, D.C., for the national competition in April.
Photo - Homestead High School team wins 2014 Science Bowl at SLAC
February 10, 2014
News Feature
In a SLAC test facility, scientists have set the stage for an experiment that mimics what happens when incredibly energetic cosmic ray particles hit our atmosphere. While the experiment is part of ANITA, which sends balloon-borne instruments into the upper atmosphere, the results could benefit a broad range of other experiments.
Photo - Researchers look over the magnetic coils that will impersonate the Earth's magnetic field.
February 6, 2014
News Feature
As part of the opening of the new Research Support Building, SLAC's Archives and History Office is currently displaying a photo exhibition called "SLAC Perspectives: Then and Now." These photos, taken from the new exhibit, give a glimpse of SLAC's construction and early years.
Photo - linac construction
February 6, 2014
News Feature
Teachers are using Google+ to bring their classes behind the scenes at national laboratories and to teach students about careers in STEM.
January 31, 2014
News Feature
Jolting complex materials with bursts of energy from rapid-fire lasers can help scientists learn why some of these materials exhibit useful properties such as high-temperature superconductivity.
Image - Pictured is the initial, equilibrium distribution of electron energy after an intense pulse of near-infrared light. (SIMES)
January 16, 2014
News Feature
While this particular material is very unstable, the research shows it may be possible to find a material with the properties graphene has to offer in a thicker, sturdier form that’s easier to craft into electronic devices
photo of zhongkai liu
January 15, 2014
News Feature
A 2-ton instrument the size of a compact car, now available at SLAC's X-ray laser, makes it possible to capture more detailed images of atoms, molecules, nanoscale features of solids, and individual particles such as viruses and airborne soot.
Photo - A view of the LAMP instrument at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser. (SLAC)
January 14, 2014
News Feature
Scientists studying five years of data from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have found the first gamma-ray variable pulsar.
January 10, 2014
News Feature
The distant universe looks a little clearer, thanks to tens of thousands of citizen scientists who classified more than 6 million images over the past three days.
January 9, 2014
News Feature
Crafted in a single atomic layer, it could be a natural fit for making thin, flexible light-based electronics, as well as futuristic 'spintronics' and 'valleytronics.'
This diagram shows a single layer of MoSe2 thin film (green and yellow balls) grown on a layer of graphene (black balls) that has formed on the surface of a silicon carbide substrate. (Yi Zhang, SIMES and ALS/Berkeley Lab)
January 9, 2014
News Feature
Teams from Stanford, SLAC and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln collaborate to make thin, transparent semiconductors that could become the foundation for cheap, high-performance displays.
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