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The name SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory pays homage to the legacy of the lab and its connection to Stanford University and the Department of Energy (DOE).

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Groundbreaking ceremony for SSRP (SSRL), including Pief Panofsky, Herman Winick, and Hobey DeStaebler, 1977.
Groundbreaking ceremony for SSRP (SSRL), including Pief Panofsky, Herman Winick, and Hobey DeStaebler, 1977.
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Under his leadership, the lab diversified its research portfolio, expanded its science impact, advanced major projects, increased collaboration with Stanford and met the challenges...

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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is a Department of Energy national lab run by Stanford in the heart of Silicon Valley. We invent scientific tools...

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SLAC Recent History (1990s-today SLAC Linac Coherent Light Source) – The creation of a powerful X-ray laser. 

SLAC Recent History: The creation of a powerful X-ray laser
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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory celebrated 60 years of science in 2022. This video is the first part in a series of videos celebrating SLAC’s...

SLAC's early history: A "monster" of an idea changed how we see the universe
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This month marks the 30-year anniversary of the first website in North America, launched at SLAC. In this Q&A, one of the Wizards recalls...

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This documentary chronicles SLAC’s history, shares personal experiences from some of its directors, scientists and innovators, and offers a glimpse into the many projects...

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“The Worlds Within” and “Fabrication of the Accelerator Structure,” now available digitally in high fidelity, tell the story of Stanford Linear Accelerator Center’s inception...

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By capturing the most energetic light in the sky, the spacecraft continues to teach us about the mysteries of the universe.

Fermi scientists Michelson, Atwood and Ritz
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SLAC’s Archivist Closes a Chapter

Approaching retirement, Jean Deken describes what it’s like to preserve decades of collective scientific memory at a national lab.

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The foils, each made from a single chemical element, are used to calibrate X-ray equipment at SLAC’s SSRL synchrotron, and were donated by long-time...

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