SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

X-ray laser brings cellular messengers into focus

Last year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry – shared by Stanford School of Medicine Professor Brian Kobilka and Robert Lefkowitz of Duke University – recognized groundbreaking research in G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). GPCRs are embedded in cell membranes. They i ...

May 10, 2013
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X-ray laser gives buckyballs a big kick

(Phys.org) —Scientists at SLAC have been blowing up "buckyballs" – soccer-ball-shaped carbon molecules – with an X-ray laser to understand how they fly apart. The results, they say, will aid biological ...

Jun 30, 2014
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The ATLAS Pixel Detector

With the Large Hadron Collider start-up only weeks away, SLAC researchers working on the LHC are feeling the excitement. SLAC has been involved in designing and building the ATLAS (A Toroidal LHC ApparatuS) ...

Sep 03, 2008
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A new way to discover pulsars

(Phys.org) -- The Large Area Telescope (LAT), built by SLAC for the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, collects information on high-energy gamma rays from numerous sources in the sky. Among these are small, ...

May 22, 2012
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Deadly Carcinogen Unraveled

(PhysOrg.com) -- Using the bright X-ray beam of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, researchers have unveiled the mystery behind one of the deadliest toxins that causes liver cancer.

May 04, 2010
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LCLS helps create order from chaos

In the world of physics, where everything tends toward disorder, researchers working on the Linac Coherent Light Source are seeking perfect order. Many experiments at the pioneering machine will require each ...

Oct 08, 2010
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For superionic material, smaller is better

(Phys.org)—A material that could enable faster memory chips and more efficient batteries can switch between high and low ionic conductivity states much faster than previously thought, SLAC and Stanford ...

Feb 08, 2013
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Copper shock: An atomic-scale stress test

(Phys.org) —Scientists used the powerful X-ray laser at the U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to create movies detailing trillionths-of-a-second changes in the arrangement ...

Oct 22, 2013
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