David Saenz looks on as John Galayda cuts the ribbon to officially open the LCLS Sector 20 drive laser facility. (Click on image for larger version.)
LCLS Opens Drive Laser Facility
SLAC celebrated another major LCLS milestone Friday with the commissioning and
ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Sector 20 building.
A festive atmosphere of refreshments and balloons prevailed and approximately 30 attendees looked on
as Project Manager Robert Law, Conventional Facilities Systems Manager David Saenz, and University
Technical Representative Jo Beth Folger presented Director of LCLS Construction John Galayda with a
symbolic Very Large Key (VLK) to the building.
Since 1962, the Sector 20 site has consisted of a small alcove positioned about a third of the way
down the linac. Read more...
GLAST: One Step
Closer to Launch
Congratulations to the
Worldwide LAT Team
When a large truck, whose interior is atmospherically controlled, rolled out of the SLAC gates
on May 11, it marked an important moment for SLAC and its worldwide collaborators. The truck
carried the Large Area Telescope (LAT), an instrument that owes its existence to particle physics
detectors and the people who know how to make them. As exemplified by its main detection devices,
namely silicon strip charged particle tracking devices and cesium iodide calorimeters, the LAT
is BaBar in space. It's been a long road for the SLAC staff and a dedicated group of collaborators
from France, Italy, Japan, Sweden and the U.S. who designed, modeled, built, assembled and tested
the LAT and its many components. Producing a "space-worthy" instrument, as we have come to fully
understand, is an extremely demanding engineering task. The instrument, part of the Gamma-ray Large
Area Space Telescope (GLAST) mission, has safely arrived at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in
Washington, D.C. for pre-launch testing. Following testing, the LAT will go to the spacecraft vendor
and, in the fall of 2007, NASA will boost it into space using a massive Delta II rocket.
I want to congratulate the entire LAT collaboration who has worked long and hard to meet the exacting
demands of space instrumentation while maintaining extremely tight cost and schedule challenges.
most gratifying to know that the LAT performs exceptionally well as has been demonstrated these past few
months by detailed tests at SLAC using cosmic rays. The LAT meets its design technical specifications
and thus provides a grand window into our universe, illuminating exciting questions such as the nature of
dark matter, the evolution of stars, and the accelerating powers of super-massive black holes. We at
SLAC are most fortunate to host the Instrument Science Operating Center, thus placing us at the center
of this exciting scientific adventure.
SLAC Seeks Tour Guides
Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) students from Lawrence Livermore National
Lab tour SLAC. (Click on image for larger version.)
Maura Chatwell is looking to
recruit SLAC employees and graduate students to talk the talk and
walk the walk.
Each day, at least one busload of science
enthusiasts makes its way around the site on a tour. This number
increases during the summer months. Each tour needs a tour guide:
someone who's enthusiastic about science and doesn't mind taking a
few hours each month to share this excitement with others.
"I always like explaining things to the general public," said Adam Cunha, a BaBar collaborator who started giving
SLAC tours last year. "I think I'm a teacher at heart."
Electrical Safety Tip:
Tampering With Lock and Tag
In 2005, lockout/tagout (LOTO) ranked number five among the
list of Top 10 OSHA violations. LOTO was also one of the Top 10 most-cited "willful" violations.
Once a lock has been installed and the danger tag has been attached, no one should tamper with a LOTO
isolating device without authorization. Changing the status or position of a locked or
tagged device is dangerous because others may already have started work under its protection and could be exposed
to a hazard they believed isolated. The time to verify the effectiveness of a locking device is
at the initial installation.
LOTO is a critical part of the Integrated Safety and Environmental Management System and it only works
as well as those using it!
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