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SSRL and LCLS Host 2021 Users’ Meeting

Wed, 2021/10/13 - 11:32am
Scientists who perform experiments at SLAC’s lightsources gathered online for research talks, workshops and discussions.

SLAC’s Riti Sarangi wins 2021 Farrel W. Lytle Award

Thu, 2021/09/16 - 4:17am
The award recognizes her research and service at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource.

After 20 years of trying, scientists succeed in doping a 1D chain of cuprates

Thu, 2021/09/09 - 1:48pm
The chemically controlled chains reveal an ultrastrong attraction between electrons that may help cuprate superconductors carry electrical current with no loss at relatively high temperatures.

Stanford graduate student Aisulu Aitbekova wins 2021 Melvin P. Klein Award

Wed, 2021/09/08 - 9:33am
The award recognizes Aitbekova's work on catalysts, including a new catalyst that may revolutionize car emission controls.

Soap study shows the value of global connections during the pandemic

Tue, 2021/09/07 - 8:38am
Researchers at the University of Leeds deepened their understanding of a synthetic detergent without ever setting foot in the lab where their experiments took place.

A new approach creates an exceptional single-atom catalyst for water splitting

Tue, 2021/08/31 - 3:15pm
Anchoring individual iridium atoms on the surface of a catalytic particle boosted its performance in carrying out a reaction that’s been a bottleneck for sustainable energy production.

Closing the gate on manganese could open doors to new drugs to treat pneumonia

Mon, 2021/08/30 - 3:17pm
Drawing on SLAC facilities, Australian researchers have revealed how Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria obtain manganese from our bodies, which could lead to better therapies to target the pathogen.

How extreme cold can crack lithium-ion battery materials, degrading performance

Thu, 2021/08/26 - 9:23am
Storing the rechargeable batteries at sub-freezing temperatures can crack the battery cathode and separate it from other parts of the battery, a new study shows.

Scientists show a single catalyst can perform the first step of turning CO2 into fuel in two very different ways

Wed, 2021/08/04 - 12:09pm
Their work aims to bridge two approaches to driving the reaction – one powered by heat, the other by electricity – with the goal of discovering more efficient and sustainable ways to convert carbon dioxide into useful products.

Ilya Belopolski wins 2021 Spicer Young Investigator Award for work on exotic quantum materials

Mon, 2021/08/02 - 12:18pm
Belopolski has made key discoveries about Weyl semimetals and topological magnets, systems in which quantum effects produce new emergent particles with exotic electronic and magnetic properties.

AI learns physics to optimize particle accelerator performance

Thu, 2021/07/29 - 8:00am
Teaching machine learning the basics of accelerator physics is particularly useful in situations where actual data don’t exist.

A detailed study of nickelate’s magnetism finds a strong kinship with cuprate superconductors

Thu, 2021/07/08 - 1:26pm
Nickelate materials give scientists an exciting new window into how unconventional superconductors carry electric current with no loss at relatively high temperatures.

Solving a long-standing mystery about the desert’s rock art canvas

Wed, 2021/06/30 - 9:01am
Petroglyphs are carved in a material called rock varnish, the origins of which have been debated for years. Now, scientists argue it’s the result of bacteria and an adaptation that protects them from the desert sun’s harsh rays.

Scientists discover how oxygen loss saps a lithium-ion battery’s voltage

Mon, 2021/06/14 - 10:41am
Measuring the process in unprecedented detail gives them clues to how to minimize the problem and protect battery performance.

Scientists glimpse signs of a puzzling state of matter in a superconductor

Wed, 2021/04/21 - 2:56pm
Known as “pair-density waves,” it may be key to understanding how superconductivity can exist at relatively high temperatures.

Researchers search for clues to COVID-19 treatment with help from synchrotron X-rays

Wed, 2021/04/14 - 9:07am
Two groups of researchers drew on SLAC tools to better understand how to target a key part of the virus that causes COVID-19.

New collaboration aims to bring cutting-edge X-ray methods to more biological researchers

Fri, 2021/03/26 - 9:29am
SSRL and LCLS scientists will help visiting research teams solve their experimental challenges, then apply what they’ve learned to help others work more efficiently.

Researchers discover long-sought mechanism behind worst cases of a common blood disorder

Tue, 2021/01/19 - 9:48am
G6PD deficiency affects about 400M people worldwide and can pose serious health risks. Uncovering the causes of the most severe cases could finally lead to treatments.

Sulfur plays a role in the ocean’s carbon cycle, new study finds

Tue, 2021/01/12 - 9:58am
The results suggest a possible feedback that could help trap carbon in the ocean’s low-oxygen zones, but the impact on climate change remains unclear.

During COVID-19, SLAC experiments continue with the help of remote technology

Mon, 2020/12/14 - 12:31pm
The lab’s X-ray laser recently joined other facilities in making remote science possible from any corner of the world, a trend that will likely continue into the future.

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