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Are Accelerators Key to American Prosperity?
SLAC Run and Walk This Thursday
Public Lecture Tonight: Zap! The X-ray Laser Is Born

SLAC Today

Tuesday - November 17, 2009

Are Accelerators Key to American Prosperity?

Lori Khatchadourian (University of Michigan) and Adam Smith (The University of Chicago) switch sample mounts at the ChemMatCARS 15-ID-D beamline to analyze excavation relics from 1300 B.C. (Photo courtesy Argonne National Laboratory.)

Some of the top minds in the nation say accelerators offer one of the best chances to strengthen the American economy and improve your quality of life.

A series of lectures taped at the Accelerators for America's Future workshop, and now available online from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, offer insight into how high-tech particle beams have been used for everything from strengthening plastic to treating cancer. The lectures also examine the challenges for identifying, developing and deploying future accelerators to meet the nation's needs in basic science, medicine, energy and the environment, national security, and industry. 

About 400 leaders in industry, academia, and from national laboratories gathered at the workshop in Washington, DC, last month.

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(Image - 2009 SLAC Run & Walk T-shirt design)
T-shirt design for the 2009 SLAC Run & Walk. (Design by Greg Stewart of SLAC InfoMedia Solutions.)

SLAC Run and Walk This Thursday

Don't miss out on the 38th annual SLAC Run and Walk this Thursday. All participants should report to the north side of the Klystron Gallery, Sector 30, at 11:45 a.m. for registration and T-shirt sales. The event will begin at 12:05 sharp. Runners will cover a 3.8 mile loop along the linac, running around the end of the Klystron Gallery, while walkers will cut through the gallery at door 14-4 to complete a two-mile course.

The event is open to all SLAC employees and non-employees, though non-employees must be sponsored by a person with a SLAC ID. To sponsor a non-employee, please complete the SLAC ID Request Form prior to race day and plan to arrive early to allow time to process the ID request.

For more information or to pre-order your T-shirt, please visit the Run & Walk Web page.

Public Lecture Tonight:
Zap! The X-ray Laser Is Born

(Image - poster for the talk)
(Poster by SLAC InfoMedia Solutions.)

Come to SLAC's Panofsky Auditorium tonight at 7:30 p.m. to hear SLAC physicist Daniel Ratner present "Zap! The X-ray Laser Is Born."

SLAC has converted its giant particle accelerator into the world's first hard X-ray laser. By a billion-fold the world's brightest X-ray source, the laser packs a trillion photons into pulses as short as a millionth of a billionth of a second. The ultra-bright, ultra-short X-ray pulses will drive a wide range of new experiments, as scientists strip electrons from atoms, photograph single molecules and make movies of chemical reactions. How has SLAC accomplished such feats of X-ray wizardry? Attend this public lecture to learn about the basics of an X-ray laser, the technologies at SLAC that make it possible, and the exciting new experiments now underway.

The event is free and open to all. Overflow seating will be available in Kavli Auditorium.


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