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One of the most urgent challenges of our time is discovering how to generate the energy and products we need sustainably, without compromising the well-being of future generations by depleting limited resources or accelerating climate change. SLAC pursues this goal on many levels.

Studies of atomic-level processes

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Researchers have uncovered new insights about tungsten's ability to conduct heat, which could lead to materials advancements for fusion reactor and aerospace technologies.

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Seen in atomic detail, the seemingly smooth flow of ions through a battery’s electrolyte is a lot more complicated.

Photo of the laser lab apparatus used in the hopping ions experiment.
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Wan-Lin Hu’s job is to improve the way people and artificial intelligence collaborate to run SLAC’s complex machines.

Wan-Lin Hu is seen talking with talks with accelerator systems operator Kabir Lubana in the lab’s main Accelerator Control Room.
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Researchers have discovered that crystals can twist when they are sandwiched between two substrates – a critical step toward exploring new material properties for...

This image shows a diffraction pattern of gold nanodics between substrates.
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The software tool sorts through messy data to reveal what’s really going on with solar panels on cloudy and sunny days.

This is a graphic representation of solar power system data. The data is processed by algorithms, which turn the data into specific power loss causes.
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SLAC and its partners have released a free, easy-to-use platform for understanding and managing electric grids. 

View of a city at twilight with a power transmission tower in foreground
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Strongly interacting electrons in quantum materials carry heat and charge in a way that’s surprisingly similar to what individual electrons do in normal metals...

An illustration shows electrons transporting heat from a warmer to a cooler area of a material.
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Four engineers discuss their journeys to working at SLAC and counsel those following in their footsteps.

Ashley fellows 2023
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The American Physical Society recognized the SLAC and Stanford physicist for decades of groundbreaking work studying the strange behavior of electrons at the interfaces...

Photo - Harold Hwang
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The Secretary celebrated LCLS-II first light with 600 SLAC staff and collaborators Oct. 26.

Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm and SLAC staff celebrate LCLS-II first light
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LaserNetUS funding will allow scientists to explore fundamental plasma science and inertial fusion energy research and technology.

Matter in Extreme Conditions (MEC) Hutch 6, located in the LCLS Far Experimental Hall.
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The award recognizes Driver’s contribution toward attosecond X-ray capabilities.

A portrait of Taran Driver.