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SLAC to Propose New Facilities for Accelerator and Detector Research
People Today: Home is Where You Make It
GLAST's Delta II Rocket Begins its Long Journey
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Wednesday - February 13, 2008
SLAC Proposes New Facilities for Accelerator and Detector Research
SLAC has always been at the forefront of developing new accelerators, and doesn't intend to stop now. At a Department of Energy review onsite February 19 and 20, the Particle Physics and Astrophysics directorate will present its case for building facilities to pursue new concepts for future accelerators and detectors.
The proposal, called FACET—Facilities for Accelerator Science and Experimental Test Beams at SLAC—would be one of two test beam facilities in North America, and the only program in the world with the capabilities to study high-gradient plasma wakefield acceleration.
"This facility will enable us to study new acceleration techniques that could transform the way particles are accelerated with possible application to future linear colliders and compact radiation sources," said Tor Raubenheimer, head of Accelerator Research. Read more...
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First Stage of GLAST's Delta II Rocket Arrives in Cape Canaveral
The first stage of the Delta II rocket that will be used to launch the Gamma-Ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) into space in May has arrived at Hangar M on the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida. It joins the second stage, which is already at CCAFS.
"This first stage, along with the second stage and the solid rocket motors, will provide the ride that the GLAST observatory needs to reach its mission orbit," said Kevin Grady, the GLAST Project Manager at Goddard Space Flight Center. "With the arrival of this launch vehicle hardware at the Cape, the beginning of this extraordinary high energy physics era in space is just a handful of months away."
GLAST is a powerful space observatory that will explore the most extreme environments in the universe, where nature harnesses energies far beyond anything possible on Earth. It will search for signs of new laws of physics and what composes the mysterious Dark Matter, explain how black holes accelerate immense jets of material to nearly light speed and help crack the mysteries of the stupendously powerful explosions known as gamma-ray bursts. The satellite will observe these powerful forces with the onboard Large Area Telescope, which was integrated at SLAC.
GLAST is scheduled to be launched on May 16 from Launch Pad 17-B on CCAFS. After on-orbit checkout, NASA is planning to rename the observatory, based on public suggestions.
NASA's GLAST mission is an astrophysics and particle physics partnership, developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, along with important contributions from academic institutions and partners in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, and the United States.
More information about GLAST is available on the NASA website.
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