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LCLS AMO Instrument Sees First Light
LCLS: A New Era of Science at SLAC
SLAC Blood Drive Today
Public Lecture Next Week: Shuji Nakamura on Light Emitting Diodes

SLAC Today

Wednesday - August 19, 2009

LCLS AMO Instrument Sees First Light

(Photo - the AMO instrument)
John Bozek and his team make final adjustments to the AMO instrument. (Photo by Brad Plummer.)

Yesterday evening, the Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray beam streamed into the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Science instrument for the first time.

"The beam has been banging on the door of our hutch since Friday," AMO Instrument Scientist John Bozek said yesterday as researchers swarmed the instrument to make final adjustments.

After insuring that all of the necessary controls, hardware, safety authorizations and radiation protection surveys were completed and in place, Bozek and his team opened the beam shutter at 8:14 p.m., letting in the beam and bathing the instrument in the world's brightest, shortest pulses of laser X-rays.

The AMO team is now carefully aligning the instrument and will spend the next six weeks finalizing preparations for the first experiments, which will begin on October 1.

"Everybody involved has done a great job and worked very hard," said Bozek. "We're all just thrilled to see the beam passing through the instrument for the first time!"

LCLS: A New Era of Science at SLAC

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LCLS: A New Era of Science at SLAC
(Video by Brad Plummer.)

A new video explores the Linac Coherent Light Source, introducing the groundbreaking machine and the science it will enable. Featuring animations of the X-ray laser and interviews with SLAC scientists, LCLS: A New Era of Science at SLAC is available for download or viewing online, one of four videos presented on the LCLS video Web page.

SLAC Blood Drive Today(Logo)

The SLAC blood drive takes place today from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Panofsky Auditorium Lobby. The blood drive is open to members of the SLAC Community and the general public. Blood donors get the satisfaction of knowing they've helped to provide hope and life to a patient in a local hospital. Each donor will also receive a coupon for a free pint of Baskin Robbins ice cream.

Please make an appointment or drop by when it is convenient for you. After donating, enjoy refreshments with other donors. To make an appointment or for further information, please see the full announcement

Public Lecture Next Week:
Shuji Nakamura on Light Emitting Diodes

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(Poster by InfoMedia Solutions.)

Next Wednesday at 7 p.m., the Energy Summer School will host a public lecture by materials scientist and inventor of the blue light emitting diode, Shuji Nakamura. LEDs and laser diodes are an excellent lighting source, compact and easy on energy consumption. In the 1980s, the blue LED was missing from the field of LEDs and LDs. With the availability of blue LEDs, people could make any color, including white, for applications such as displays, lighting and more. The high-efficiency of blue LEDs and white LEDs can save significant energy and resources.

Nakamura will discuss this and more next Wednesday, August 26, in Panofsky Auditorium. His talk is free and open to all.


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