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The LCLS: A Dedication, a Celebration!
Dehmer and Jones Visit SLAC
Seen around SLAC: SSRL Picnic

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Monday - August 16, 2010

The LCLS: A Dedication, a Celebration!

Please join in celebrating the LCLS today at 2:15 p.m. on the SLAC Green. (Photo by Shawne Workman.)

The tent is up, sparkling cider is cooling and SLAC's guests are arriving!

Please join Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Congressional Representatives Zoe Lofgren and Mike Honda, Stanford President John Hennessy, SLAC Director Persis Drell and your other colleagues on the SLAC Green today at 2:15 p.m. for a very special dedication event for the Linac Coherent Light Source.

Remarks will be followed by entertainment and refreshments, so bring your coworkers and your friends! See you on the green!

(Photo - Instrument Scientist Aymeric Robert shows Dehmer and Jones the future home of the LCLS X-ray Correlation Spectroscopy instrument)
Instrument Scientist Aymeric Robert shows Dehmer and Jones the future home of the LCLS X-ray Correlation Spectroscopy instrument. (Photo by Lori Ann White.)

Dehmer and Jones Visit SLAC

Office of Science Deputy Director for Science Programs Patricia Dehmer and Associate Director Marc Jones paid a short but productive visit to SLAC Thursday, highlighted by a tour of the Linac Coherent Light Source instruments, both present and future.

A discussion of the future of photon science was followed by a tour, led by Keith Hodgson, Director of Photon Science, of the new PULSE offices and labs in Building 40, and the space that is presently being renovated for the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Science.

(Photo - Instrument Scientist Aymeric Robert shows Dehmer and Jones the future home of the LCLS X-ray Correlation Spectroscopy instrument)
Instrument Scientist David Fritz (center) explains the fine points of the LCLS X-ray Pump Probe instrument. (Photo by Lori Ann White.)

The tour continued to the LCLS Near and Far Experimental Halls, led by Joachim Stöhr, director of the LCLS, and John Galayda, director of construction for the project. Both guides often stepped back to let the LCLS instrument scientists take the limelight.

Soft X-ray Instrument Scientist Bill Schlotter stole the show when he compared the opportunity to participate in the wide variety of SXR experiments to going through a different European art museum every day. "I'm certainly not bored," he joked.

Dehmer and Jones also toured the new LCLS office building, Building 901 before returning to Building 40 for a discussion with senior management about SLAC's operational readiness and the future of the lab as a whole.

 (Photo courtesy Tan Huynh.)

Seen around SLAC: SSRL Picnic

On the last Friday in July, a happy and relaxed group of SSRL staff, their families and SPEAR3 users convened in nearby Burgess Park for their annual end of run party. Amid sunshine, barbecued meats and a 5-hour game of volleyball, they celebrated a successful user run, which delivered 95.5% of scheduled beam to users between October and July. This year included the first SSRL runs in true top-off mode and the addition of two experimental stations, allowing more researchers to conduct experiments at the lightsource than ever before.

 (Photo courtesy Hector Prado.)

The SSRL team thanks Michelle Steger for leading the planning efforts and making this event happen year after year.

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