Linac Coherent Light Source

LCLS takes X-ray snapshots of atoms and molecules at work, revealing fundamental processes in materials, chemistry, technology and living things in atomic detail and on ultrafast time scales. Its snapshots can be strung together to make “molecular movies” that show chemical reactions as they happen.

In more than 13,000 scientific user visits over its first 10 years of operation, researchers from around the world have conducted groundbreaking experiments in fields as diverse as chemical catalysis, human health, quantum materials science and the physics of planetary formation. Data from LCLS experiments have generated over 1,450 articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications, with a quarter of them appearing in prominent journals like Science and Nature.​

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X-ray Laser Animated Fly-through

X-ray Laser Animated Fly-through

Take a tour with an electron's-eye-view through SLAC's revolutionary new X-ray laser facility with this 5 1/2 minute animation. See how the X-ray pulses are generated using the world's longest linear accelerator along with unique arrays of machinery specially designed for this one-of-a-kind tool.

For more than 40 years, SLAC's two-mile-long linear accelerator (or linac) linac has produced high-energy electrons for cutting-edge physics experiments. Since 2009, SLAC's linac has entered a new phase of its career with the creation of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS).

LCLS produces pulses of X-rays more than a billion times brighter than the most powerful existing sources, the so-called synchrotron sources which are also based on large electron accelerators.

The ultrafast X-ray pulses are used much like flashes from a high-speed strobe light, enabling scientists to take stop-motion pictures of atoms and molecules in motion, shedding light on the fundamental processes of chemistry, technology, and life itself.

10 ways SLAC's X-ray laser has transformed science.

In the decade since LCLS produced its first light, it has pushed boundaries in countless areas of discovery...

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Making a Molecular Movie: How it Works

This video explains the basics of how scientists at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory use powerful X-rays from the Linac Coherent Light Source to make molecular movies.

Making a Molecular Movie: How it Works

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