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Where the LCLS Ends: The AMO Instrument
Earthquake Simulation Boosts Readiness for the Unexpected
Golden Bolt Day

SLAC Today

Tuesday - February 10, 2009

Where the LCLS Ends: The AMO Instrument

John Bozek stands near a poster showing the AMO instrument. (Photo by Brad Plummer. Click for larger image.)

When the Linac Coherent Light Source starts producing the world's first hard X-ray laser pulses later this year, they will all be headed to one place: the Atomic, Molecular and Optical science instrument. A complex creature comprising spectrometers, focusing optics, and a synchronized high-power optical laser, the AMO will be the first instrument in operation at LCLS—and the only one until March 2010.

"We designed the AMO instrument to take advantage of the two unique features of the LCLS: unprecedented energies and unprecedented temporal resolution," said AMO Instrument Scientist John Bozek, who joined the LCLS team three years ago after more than a decade at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source.  Read more...

Earthquake Simulation Boosts Readiness for the Unexpected

(Photo - earthquake drill volunteers at work)
SLAC volunteers in the Main Control Center respond to simulated emergency events. (Photo by Larissa Williams. Click for larger image.)

Last Thursday a crew of about 20 SLAC volunteers and emergency personnel participated in a University-wide emergency drill, along with volunteers on Stanford's main campus, to practice response protocols after an imaginary 6.9 magnitude earthquake. The team established an Emergency Operations Center in SLAC's Main Control Center for the half-day simulation. SLAC emergency volunteers exchanged phone calls with participants at Stanford, and responded to a string of simulated events supposed to have occurred after the quake, including fires, media and family inquiries, and an escaped monkey somewhere on site.

(Photo - installation of the golden bolt)
L. A. Mohr, manager of the Palo Alto Area Office of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, completes installation of the final bolt in the linac.

Golden Bolt Day

The backbone of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory—our two-mile linear electron accelerator—is 43 years old today! On February 10, 1966, a "Golden Bolt" ceremony was held. The last bolt in the accelerator was tightened into place, making the two-mile construction one unit and completing construction on the Stanford "Monster."

Read more about the ceremony on the Archives and History Office Web site: "The Last Link in the Linac."

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