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Physics in the Mountains
A Noontime Concert with the St. Lawrence String Quartet
Welcome New SLACers

SLAC Today

Monday - January 12, 2009

Physics in the Mountains

This year's Winter Conference on the Physics of Quantum Electronics took place at Snowbird Ski Resort. (Photo by Calla Cofield. Click for larger image.)

SLAC and Stanford physicists made a strong showing at the 39th annual Winter Conference on the Physics of Quantum Electronics, which took place last week at the breathtaking Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah's Wasatch Mountains.

During the sessions, SLAC physicist John Arthur presented a talk on the Linac Coherent Light Source, stirring up excitement with many of the conference attendees who had not yet heard the details of the project. Robert Byer of Stanford spoke on laser compression and the acceleration of electrons. Another two SLAC and seven Stanford representatives contributed to the more than 200 presentations given over the week.

"What was neat about this conference from my perspective was hearing talks in topical areas that are really somewhat distant from mine," said SLAC accelerator physicist Eric R. Colby, who presented a talk on his research with group E-163 designing laser-driven particle accelerators.  Read more...

(Photo - The St. Lawrence String Quartet)
The Saint Lawrence String Quartet. (Photo by Anthony Parmelee.)

A Noontime Concert with the St. Lawrence String Quartet

The Saint Lawrence String Quartet will come to SLAC this month for another noon-time concert.

On Thursday, January 22, the SLSQ will appear at the Kavli Auditorium. The ensemble is one of innovation. They will play the string quartet by Haydn Opus 9, #2, and, in addition, they will bring us a sneak preview of a new work to be announced at the performance!

If you know the SLSQ, you know how good this group is, and you certainly will not want to miss the performance. If you do not know the group and you like fine music and musicianship, you are strongly encouraged to learn about these superb musicians by hearing them live. They are Stanford's resident Quartet, but they also have performed in many venues over the world and recorded several albums.

The concert will begin at 12:00 p.m. and end by 1:00 p.m. Please join us!

(Photo by Doug Kreitz.
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Welcome New SLACers

Last Thursday, SLAC welcomed seven new staff at new employee orientation. Pictured here from left to right are (front row): Richard Gonzales Sam Johnson, Igor Gaponenko and William Puertas; and (back row) Ellon St. Croix and Allen Tsui. Not pictured: Robert Perry.


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