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CAMP-ing at LCLS
SLAC Holiday Luncheon December 16
Welcome Aboard, New SLACers!
Colloquium Today: ATLAS and the LHC

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Monday - December 7, 2009

CAMP-ing at LCLS

Christoph Bostedt (left) and many of the scientists visiting SLAC for the CAMP experiment gather next to the instrument before experiments began. (Photo by Lauren Knoche.)

Instead of sleeping bags and s'mores fixings, roughly 20 scientists and technicians—part of a large collaboration from the Max Planck Society Advanced Study Group and other institutions—packed 40 containers weighing roughly 10 tons for CAMP. There are no fires, no roasting marshmallows and no tents. Instead, this CAMP is a brand new instrument for a series of three experiments that began November 24 at the Linac Coherent Light Source.

"We needed a four-letter name like LCLS, but thought it should be more fun," joked ASG physicist Daniel Rolles, a coordinator for the project. The CAMP acronym is a combination of key information about the instrument. C is short for CFEL, or the Centre for Free-Electron Laser Science, a new institute located at the physics laboratory DESY in Hamburg, Germany. The CAMP apparatus was designed and built by the Max Planck Society Advanced Study Group, or ASG, which provides the A for the acronym. And the MP? That's for "multi-purpose."

The brand new, one-of-a-kind instrument contains large-scale charge-coupled device, or CCD, imaging tools. The technology was originally designed for astro- and high-energy physics research, but was specially adapted for free electron lasers like the LCLS. The imaging tools can use the LCLS's brilliant X-rays to snap pictures of a large range of materials from nano-particles to biological samples. CAMP also boasts a set of spectrometers complimentary to those in the LCLS Atomic, Molecular & Optical Science instrument endstation where it is installed. These technologies will enable the researchers to measure photons, electrons and ions simultaneously, thus studying in utmost detail a variety of biological molecules, samples from the nanoworld—such as clusters, aligned and oriented molecules and liquids in jets—and fixed-target samples such as solids, surfaces or magnetic materials exposed to the LCLS light flashes.  Read more...

SLAC Holiday Luncheon December 16

All SLACers are cordially invited to SLAC's traditional holiday party,  Universal Cheer, on Wednesday, December 16, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event includes a festive buffet lunch in the Linear Café and Panofsky Breezeway, a holiday movie, Jingle All the Way, in Panofsky Auditorium, and raffle drawings beginning at 12 noon (no need to be present to win!) Luncheon entrée choices include carved roast turkey with all the trimmings, honey baked ham and a vegetarian entree; all together with choices of sides, desserts and beverages.

The party is also a great time to join in holiday giving. This year, SLAC is again participating in the Family Giving Tree, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Coat and Blanket Drive with donation locations around SLAC. Visit the Giving Campaigns page for more information.

Welcome Aboard, New SLACers!

(Photo - new employees 12/3/09)
(Photo by Barbara Hemstad.)

SLAC welcomed 13 new employees at last Thursday's New Employee Orientation. They are, from left to right:

Front row: Nita Kassiri, Zhong Wang, Marco Antonio Alcazar, Hae Ja Lee, Lorrie Lee Coon, Emilio Castro and Eric Shupert.

Back row: Erica Dean, Richard Burge, Benjamin Soto, Robert Bergan, Ramona Miahnahri and Concetta Cartaro.

Colloquium Today: ATLAS and the LHC

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High-energy physics is about to take a major step forward. Early next year, the Large Hadron Collider will begin to smash protons together at an energy of 7 TeV, more than triple the energy of the previous highest-energy machine, the Fermilab Tevatron. A year later, collisions should reach the final energy of 14 TeV, and at much larger luminosities, opening a large new window of opportunity to see heavy new particles. The ATLAS detector, located at one of the four LHC collision points, is poised to collect the interesting collisions and reconstruct them in unprecedented detail. In this colloquium, Haas will provide a look at how these fantastic machines work and their current operational readiness. Then he'll discuss how ATLAS will look for important new physics, such as Higgs bosons and Supersymmetry, and what these or other discoveries could add to our understanding of nature.

Haas talk will begin at 4:15 p.m. today in Panofsky Auditorium. The colloquium is free and open to all.

Next Monday, Bruce Macintosh from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will discuss Extrasolar Planetary Systems.


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