SSRL Science in SLAC Today

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.

How SLAC’s ‘electronics artists’ enable cutting-edge science

Thu, 2018/08/23 - 9:45am
A team of electrical designers develops specialized microchips for a broad range of scientific applications, including X-ray science and particle physics.

Students affected by Hurricane Maria bring their research to SLAC

Tue, 2018/08/21 - 11:08am
This summer, five graduate students from the University of Puerto Rico had the opportunity to use SLAC’s world-class facilities to keep their studies on track.

Catching the dance of antibiotics and ribosomes at room temperature

Mon, 2018/08/06 - 11:46am
A new imaging technique is allowing researchers to pinpoint ways of modifying drugs to avoid side effects.

Ming Yi wins Spicer Award for superconductor research at SLAC’s X-ray synchrotron

Mon, 2018/07/30 - 10:03am
Former Stanford and UC-Berkeley physicist is honored for foundational research that peers into unconventional phenomena within exotic materials.

X-Ray Experiment Confirms Theoretical Model for Making New Materials

Mon, 2018/07/02 - 9:14am
By observing changes in materials as they’re being synthesized, scientists hope to learn how they form and come up with recipes for making the materials they need for next-gen energy technologies.

Scientists Find a New Way to Make Novel Materials by ‘Un-Squeezing’

Tue, 2018/05/01 - 1:31pm
Like turning a snowball back into fluffy snow, a new technique turns high-density materials into a lower-density one by applying the chemical equivalent of ‘negative pressure.’

A SLAC Legend Gives the Lab His Lifetime Collection of Precious Foils

Mon, 2018/04/23 - 8:23am
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 user, Farrel Lytle.

Scientists Use Machine Learning to Speed Discovery of Metallic Glass

Fri, 2018/04/13 - 9:59am
SLAC and its collaborators are transforming the way new materials are discovered. In a new report, they combine artificial intelligence and accelerated experiments to discover potential alternatives to steel in a fraction of the time.

Q&A: Bruce Gates on the Molecules That Can Drive Chemical Reactions

Mon, 2018/03/26 - 12:01pm
The professor at University of California, Davis, describes his innovative work at SLAC’s synchrotron to search for simple, selective catalysts.

Hidden Medical Text Read for the First Time in a Thousand Years

Thu, 2018/03/22 - 12:00am
With X-ray imaging at SLAC’s synchrotron, scientists uncovered a 6th century translation of a book by the Greek-Roman doctor Galen. The words had been scraped off the parchment manuscript and written over with hymns in the 11th century.

First Nanoscale Look at How Lithium Ions Navigate a Molecular Maze to Reach Battery Electrode

Thu, 2018/02/22 - 7:15am
Streamlining their journey through the electrolyte could help lithium-ion batteries charge faster.

Arthur Bienenstock Recognized for Contributions to the Advancement of Science

Tue, 2018/02/13 - 9:37am
Bienenstock is the winner of the 2018 Philip Hauge Abelson Prize, given by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

SLAC Scientists Investigate How Metal 3-D Printing Can Avoid Producing Flawed Parts

Tue, 2018/01/30 - 9:39am
The goal of these X-ray studies is to find ways to improve manufacturing of specialized metal parts for the aerospace, aircraft, automotive and healthcare industries.

Q&A: Sam Webb Teaches X-Ray Science from a Remote Classroom

Wed, 2017/12/20 - 3:58pm
The staff scientist at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource discusses his research and teaching, which includes training an international group of students to conduct geobiology experiments at the synchrotron from an island about 350 miles away.

Scientists Discover Path to Improving Game-Changing Battery Electrode

Tue, 2017/12/12 - 8:43am
They created a comprehensive picture of how the same chemical processes that give these cathodes their high capacity are also linked to changes in atomic structure that sap performance.

LIGO Mirror Coatings Get Upgrade with New National Collaboration

Thu, 2017/11/09 - 9:43am
Effort to improve the next generation of gravitational wave detectors includes atomic studies of new and better coatings for LIGO’s mirrors at SSRL.

Slideshow: 2017 SSRL/LCLS Users’ Meeting

Mon, 2017/10/16 - 2:45pm
About 400 people attended the annual conference and workshops for scientists who conduct experiments at SLAC’s light sources.

A Battery Based on Sodium May Offer More Cost-Effective Storage Than Lithium

Mon, 2017/10/09 - 1:46pm
Lithium ion batteries may remain tops for sheer performance, but when cost-per-storage is factored in, a design based on sodium ions offers promise; research was conducted in part at SSRL.


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