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PULSE Receives DOE Nod to Begin Renovations
SLAC at the LHC: the Theory Behind It All
LCLS Efforts at Argonne Recognized

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Monday - September 8, 2008

PULSE Receives DOE OK to Begin Renovations

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PULSE will occupy the two-story wing of Building 40 (center left). (Click for larger image.)

Construction will soon be underway on new offices and laboratories for the Photon Ultrafast Laser Science and Engineering center. Last Thursday, the PULSE building renovation project received Department of Energy approval to begin work on the first of two phases of construction.

"This is a key milestone in creating a vibrant scientific center for PULSE," said SLAC Director Persis Drell. "We look forward to having these new facilities available for SLAC scientists." PULSE research will focus on ultrafast structural and electronic behavior of materials using the powerful X-rays of the Linac Coherent Light Source.

The PULSE Center will occupy 30,300 square feet of existing space in the two-story wing of SLAC's Building 40, which also houses the SLAC director's office. The initial renovations, or Phase A, will include demolition of interior walls, utilities upgrades, and construction of three laboratories (two laser labs and one molecular biology lab) and nine supporting offices. The new space is scheduled to be available for limited use in late spring of 2009. Phase B—slated for DOE review in early 2009—will complete an additional four ultrafast laser laboratories, three biology laboratories, one chemistry laboratory and offices for staff, post-doctoral researchers and students. In addition, the project includes installation of new heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.  Read more...

SLAC at the LHC:
the Theory Behind It All

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SLAC theorists discuss methods for analyzing the production of supersymmetric particles at the LHC. (Photo by Kelen Tuttle. Click for larger image.)

The ability to extract new physics from the Large Hadron Collider relies heavily on theoretical work. There are tantalizing hints that the LHC will produce new elementary particles. To identify these particles, researchers will need to know in detail how the Standard Model behaves at the high energies that the LHC will make available.

"The LHC data may confirm theories of supersymmetry, extra dimensions, or other models of new physics," said theory department head Michael Peskin. "Here in the SLAC theory group, this is the stuff we love—and the stuff we've been working on for 20 years or more."

The theory group is currently focusing its efforts on four topics that will be important in understanding the LHC data: precision Quantum Chromodynamics, or QCD, the construction of models of new physics beyond the Standard Model, tests of these models in proton collisions, and the simulation of proton-proton collision events.  Read more...

LCLS Efforts at Argonne Recognized

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Vacuum group Pacesetter Award recipients and colleagues. (Click to see all awardees.)

Several colleagues at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago recently received special recognition for their contributions to the Linac Coherent Light Source. The LCLS collaborators received the Pacesetter Award, given each year to Argonne employees who demonstrate outstanding performance on a project.

Argonne awarded this year's Pacesetter to 13 individuals for innovation in the development of undulator vacuum chambers, while beating a tight LCLS delivery schedule.

From the official citation: "Through careful day-to-day planning, cooperative teamwork, and a high level of effort and focus, this team of individuals successfully delivered 33 undulator control racks close to five weeks ahead of schedule per the request of LCLS installation coordinators. There was no compromise of testing or quality control to meet this ambitious milestone. LCLS management was very impressed and grateful for this early delivery."

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