Matter in Extreme Conditions

Photo - Inside MEC chamber at LCLS

One of the most basic ways of understanding a material is learning how it changes between its solid, liquid, gas and plasma phases. These changes take place at specific temperatures and pressures. But under extreme conditions – like those in the hearts of planets or in exploding stars – materials can enter other exotic phases with unique characteristics.

At SLAC, researchers are studying some of the most extreme and exotic forms of matter ever created, in detail never before possible. The capabilities of SLAC's X-ray and laser facilities as well as a world-class program in experiments, theory and simulations combine to make SLAC an international leader in exploring matter in extreme conditions.