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The Basics

SLAC science explained

SLAC develops and deploys some of the world’s most advanced scientific tools for exploring how the universe works at the biggest, smallest and fastest scales. Here we explain how they work and the exciting discoveries they make possible.

SLAC Science Explained

The X-rays they produce reveal the secrets of everything from ancient texts to modern pharmaceuticals.

 A synchrotron is a type of particle accelerator that produces intense beams of light.
SLAC Science Explained

Molecular movie-making is both an art and a science; the results let us watch how nature works on the smallest scales.

Molecular movie filmstrip.
SLAC Science Explained

It will explore cosmic mysteries as part of the Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time.

LSST camera focal plane
SLAC Science Explained

Taking pictures of tiny, flash-frozen things with electrons is revolutionizing biology and technology. SLAC and Stanford host one of the world’s leading facilities for...

cryo-EM image of Caulobacter bacterium
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Inertial fusion energy

Graphic depicting fusion energy
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Molecular movie

Molecular Movie in HD Art


Illustration from SLAC Public Lecture series titled Improving batteries from the atoms up.
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X-ray crystallography

X-ray crystallography

Dark matter

Dark matter hunters
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Illustration of an abrupt transition in the normal state of a cuprate

Dark energy

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Machine learning

Accelerators and Machine Learning