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The Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program is a vital source of internally directed funding at SLAC.

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Scientists use a series of magnets to transform an electron bunch into a narrow current spike which then produces a very intense attosecond X-ray...

XLEAP illustration
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A laser compressing an aluminum crystal provides a clearer view of a material’s plastic deformation, potentially leading to the design of stronger nuclear fusion...

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The ePix series of detectors is designed to keep pace with ever more demanding experiments at SLAC and elsewhere.

SLAC’s Chris Kenney holds a 16-module
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Teaching machine learning the basics of accelerator physics is particularly useful in situations where actual data don’t exist.

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It can help operators optimize the performance of X-ray lasers, electron microscopes, medical accelerators and other devices that depend on high-quality beams.

Artistic representation of a neural network superimposed on an electron beam profile
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It combines human knowledge and expertise with the speed and efficiency of “smart” computer algorithms.

Accelerator Control Room
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A new understanding of the nucleation process could shed light on how the shells help microbes interact with their environments, and help people design...

Illustration of tiles forming a microbial shell
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Called XLEAP, the new method will provide sharp views of electrons in chemical processes that take place in billionths of a billionth of a...

XLEAP illustration.
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A close-up look at how microbes build their crystalline shells has implications for understanding how cell structures form, preventing disease and developing nanotechnology.

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The approach could advance our understanding of fundamental forces under extreme conditions with applications from astrophysics to fusion research.

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Two studies led by SLAC and Stanford capture electron 'sound waves' and identify a positive feedback loop that may boost superconducting temperatures.

Illustration of study that reveals how coordinated motions of atoms boost superconductivity