2018 Press Release Archive

December 13, 2018
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SLAC scientists find a new way to explain how a black hole’s plasma jets boost particles to the highest energies observed in the universe. The results could also prove useful for fusion and accelerator research on Earth.
Cosmic particle accelerators
November 28, 2018
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SLAC and Stanford researchers secure support for two projects that share one goal: to reduce the side effects of radiation therapy by vastly shrinking the length of a typical session.
Radiation Therapy
November 7, 2018
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In a major step forward, SLAC’s X-ray laser captures all four stable states of the process that produces the oxygen we breathe, as well as fleeting steps in between. The work opens doors to understanding the past and creating a greener future.
Atomic movie
September 17, 2018
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Experiments at SLAC and Berkeley Lab uproot long-held assumptions and will inform future battery design.
Lithium ion infographic
July 19, 2018
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Richter designed particle accelerators and carried out experiments that led to the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the charm quark.
July 5, 2018
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To break, or not to break: An unprecedented atomic movie captures the moment when molecules decide how to respond to light.
UED Bond Breaking
June 28, 2018
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SLAC’s high-speed ‘electron camera’ shows for the first time the coexistence of solid and liquid in laser-heated gold, providing new clues for designing materials that can withstand extreme conditions.
UED Gold Melting
June 11, 2018
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The goal: develop plasma technologies that could shrink future accelerators up to 1,000 times, potentially paving the way for next-generation particle colliders and powerful light sources.
FACET-II Science
May 7, 2018
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The SuperCDMS SNOLAB project, a multi-institutional effort led by SLAC, is expanding the hunt for dark matter to particles with properties not accessible to any other experiment.
SuperCDMS Detector 2
April 30, 2018
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The new facility provides revolutionary tools for exploring tiny biological machines, from viral particles to the interior of the cell.
SLAC-Stanford Cryo-EM Facility
April 13, 2018
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SLAC and its collaborators are transforming the way new materials are discovered. In a new report, they combine artificial intelligence and accelerated experiments to discover potential alternatives to steel in a fraction of the time.
SLAC postdoctoral scholar Fang Ren at an SSRL beamline
February 21, 2018
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Experiments with 'molecular anvils' mark an important advance for mechanochemistry, which has the potential to make chemistry greener and more precise.
Illustration of soft molecules attached to molecular anvils between diamond tips
January 19, 2018
Press Release
The first cryomodule has arrived at SLAC. Linked together and chilled to nearly absolute zero, 37 of these segments will accelerate electrons to almost the speed of light and power an upgrade to the nation’s only X-ray free-electron laser facility.
A worker unveiling a cryomodule on a truck.