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People: Michael Fazio Ramps Up the Power
LCLS Third User Run Is Under Way
Earthquake Drill Provides Practice, Lessons

SLAC Today

Wednesday - October 13, 2010

Michael Fazio Ramps Up the Power

(Photo - Michael Fazio)
Michael Fazio.
(Photo courtesy Michael Fazio.)

Michael Fazio has been at SLAC for a little more than a week—he's barely settled into his office—but he has worked closely with many SLAC employees throughout his career in accelerator and radio-frequency source science at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

Fazio was recruited to lead the Klystron Department at SLAC. His work involves both overseeing the fabrication and maintenance of current klystrons—the high-powered radio frequency sources that accelerate electrons down the linac—as well as developing new power sources for next-generation machines.

"Our klystrons are one of the mission-critical systems that keep the SLAC accelerators operating today," Fazio said. "But enhancing the research and development for advanced RF sources and accelerators is essential to assure a viable future that supports SLAC's evolving mission."  Read more...

(Photo - SXR control room)
The SXR control room.
(Photo by Kelen Tuttle.)

LCLS Third User Run Is Under Way

The Linac Coherent Light Source is back up and running after three weeks of scheduled downtime. User run three began last Thursday with the continued commissioning of the X-ray Pump-Probe instrument and an experiment using the Soft X-ray Materials Science beamline.

The SXR experiment, led by Wilfried Wurth of the University of Hamburg and SLAC scientists Anders Nilsson and Hirohito Ogasawara, applies several techniques perfected at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource to the LCLS to study the electronic structures of molecules. The experiment, which continues research begun in August, ultimately seeks to observe molecules as they "disassociate," or split into smaller pieces, on the surface of metals.

Researchers from Stockholm University (Sweden), Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (Germany) and Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (Germany) are also participating in the SXR experiment, which wrapped up yesterday morning.

The SLAC Incident Command Post in action during the drill. (Photo by Brad Plummer.)

Earthquake Drill Provides Practice, Lessons

More than 25,000 people from SLAC and Stanford participated in last Thursday's earthquake drill. Organizers said that the overall execution of the exercise went well and that the "education opportunities were tremendous" for emergency planners and managers.

"Many thanks go out to all the building managers, safety coordinators and communications team members for carrying out their roles successfully," said SLAC Assistant Fire Marshall and Emergency Management Coordinator Lance Lougée. At SLAC, 84 buildings were successfully evacuated and accounted for, and employees were given permission to reoccupy them within a half hour of the emergency alert.  Read more...


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