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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.

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.


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