SSRL Science in SLAC Today

Researchers get most comprehensive view yet of lithium-ion battery electrode damage

Mon, 2019/06/03 - 8:53am
What they learned could help manufacturers design more reliable and longer-lasting batteries for smartphones and cars.

A day in the life of a synchrotron duty operator

Wed, 2019/05/29 - 8:53am
For mechanical engineer Sarah Edwards, SSRL is the ultimate classic car.

In a first, researchers identify reddish coloring in an ancient fossil – a 3-million-year-old mouse

Tue, 2019/05/21 - 1:08am
X-rays reveal an extinct mouse was dressed in brown to reddish fur on its back and sides and had a tiny white tummy.

Capturing the behavior of single-atom catalysts on the move

Tue, 2019/04/23 - 2:09pm
Scientists precisely control where single-atom catalysts sit on their support structures, and show how changing their position affects their reactivity.

A day in the life of a midnight beam master

Tue, 2019/04/16 - 8:00am
In SLAC’s accelerator control room, shift lead Ben Ripman and a team of operators fine-tune X-ray beams for science experiments around the clock.

A mile-long graveyard of Jurassic fossils sparks a new international science collaboration

Thu, 2019/03/28 - 10:04am
Researchers will use SLAC’s X-ray light source to probe 150 million-year-old dinosaur fossils at the atomic level.

Cause of Cathode Degradation Identified for Nickel-rich Materials

Fri, 2019/03/15 - 9:33am
Combination of research methods reveals causes of capacity fading, giving scientists better insight to design advanced batteries for electric vehicles

Untangling a strange phenomenon that both helps and hurts lithium-ion battery performance

Tue, 2019/02/05 - 8:00am
New research offers the first complete picture of why a promising approach of stuffing more lithium into battery cathodes leads to their failure. A better understanding of this phenomenon could be the key to smaller phone batteries and electric cars that drive farther between charges.

Study shows single atoms can make more efficient catalysts

Mon, 2019/01/07 - 8:51am
Detailed observations of iridium atoms at work could help make catalysts that drive chemical reactions smaller, cheaper and more efficient

X-rays show how periods of stress changed an ice age hyena to the bone

Tue, 2018/11/13 - 8:44am
Researchers mapped trace elements within Pleistocene fossils to learn about the life of a long-extinct subspecies of spotted hyena.

Researchers create most complete high-res atomic movie of photosynthesis to date

Wed, 2018/11/07 - 2:32pm
In a major step forward, SLAC’s X-ray laser captures all four stable states of the process that produces the oxygen we breathe, as well as fleeting steps in between. The work opens doors to understanding the past and creating a greener future.

Dancing atoms in perovskite materials provide insight into how solar cells work

Tue, 2018/11/06 - 2:06pm
A new study is a step forward in understanding why perovskite materials work so well in energy devices and potentially leads the way toward a theorized “hot” technology that would significantly improve the efficiency of today’s solar cells.

In materials hit with light, individual atoms and vibrations take disorderly paths

Thu, 2018/11/01 - 9:48am
Revealed for the first time by a new X-ray laser technique, their surprisingly unruly response has profound implications for designing and controlling materials.

Scientists make first detailed measurements of key factors related to high-temperature superconductivity

Wed, 2018/10/31 - 1:55pm
Two studies led by SLAC and Stanford capture electron “sound waves” and identify a positive feedback loop that may boost superconducting temperatures .

Slideshow: 2018 SSRL/LCLS Users’ Meeting

Mon, 2018/10/01 - 3:16pm
The annual conference for scientists who conduct research at SLAC’s light sources engaged about 400 researchers in talks, workshops and discussions.

X-rays uncover a hidden property that leads to failure in a lithium-ion battery material

Mon, 2018/09/17 - 1:48pm
Experiments at SLAC and Berkeley Lab uproot long-held assumptions and will inform future battery design.

Graham George receives Lytle Award for contributions to X-ray absorption spectroscopy

Tue, 2018/09/11 - 9:52am
In more than 185 experimental runs at SLAC’s synchrotron, he has pushed the envelope of both techniques and science.

Chuntian Cao wins 2018 Klein Award for lithium-ion battery research

Thu, 2018/08/30 - 2:51pm
Using SLAC’s X-ray synchrotron SSRL, Cao improves fundamental knowledge about how a new lithium-ion battery material works, which will help enable safer, longer-lasting devices.

Q&A: Shining X-ray light on perovskites for better solar cells

Mon, 2018/08/27 - 10:45am
Four scientists discuss X-ray experiments at SLAC’s synchrotron that reveal new insights into how a promising solar cell material forms.

Winning Photos from the 2018 SLAC Physics Photowalk

Mon, 2018/08/27 - 8:40am
The SLAC Photowalk took a group of photographers, both amateur and professional, behind the scenes to photograph SLAC's world-class science facilities, including the world's longest linear accelerator, the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) and the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL). The three winning photos will compete in the Global Physics Photowalk against photos taken at other big scientific labs around the world. In addition to the three winners, seven other SLAC Photowalk pictures were named as runners-up and seven more as honorable mentions. SLAC also invited a group of employees to participate in the photowalk event and though not eligible for the global competition, three photos at the bottom of the page were chosen as staff winners.

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