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LCLS/SSRL Users' Conference Starts Up
Accelerators for America's Future

SLAC Today

Monday - October 18, 2010

LCLS/SSRL Users' Conference Starts Up

The annual Linac Coherent Light Source and Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource Users' Conference began yesterday afternoon as more than 100 people descended on SLAC for workshops on LCLS data analysis and LCLS-II.

Users and staff gathered yesterday for the first day of the annual LCLS/SSRL Users' Conference. (Photo courtesy Michelle Steger.)

Attendance is expected to increase to nearly 300 today as the meeting continues with presentations covering LCLS and SSRL updates and science, as well as a user poster session and the presentation of the Spicer, Klein and Lytle awards. Events including workshops on SSRL and LCLS instrumentation and science highlights will continue through Thursday afternoon.

Overall, the event is a valuable opportunity for LCLS and SSRL users and staff to learn about the latest plans, developments and user research at SLAC's lightsource facilities. More information on the week's activities can be found on the conference Web site.

Accelerators for America's Future

A report from the field on the vital roles that accelerators play in energy and the environment, medicine, industry, national security and defense, and discovery science will inform strategic planning for accelerator science and technology by DOE's Office of Science.

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Converting metal-coating facilities to electron-beam technology could realize a 95 percent savings in power demand. Coated cables at Electron Beam Technologies, Inc. in Kankakee, Illinois. (Photos: Reidar Hahn, Fermilab.)

A beam of particles is a very useful tool.

A beam of the right particles with the right energy at the right intensity can shrink a tumor, produce cleaner energy, spot suspicious cargo, make a better radial tire, clean up dirty drinking water, map a protein, study a nuclear explosion, design a new drug, make a heat-resistant automotive cable, diagnose a disease, reduce nuclear waste, detect an art forgery, implant ions in a semiconductor, prospect for oil, date an archaeological find, package a Thanksgiving turkey, or discover the secrets of the universe.

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