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SLAC Energy Task Force Presents Options, Welcomes Input
Seen around SLAC in Nature Physics: SLAC Art
From the Archives: 45 Years Ago Today
Welcome, New SLACers!

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Thursday - February 10, 2011

SLAC Energy Task Force Presents Options, Welcomes Input

Energy Task Force Chair and SLAC Chief Scientist Z-X Shen addresses the audience. (Photo by Lori Ann White.)

The SLAC Energy Task Force Town Hall Meeting last Friday not only filled Kavli Auditorium with interested people from SLAC and Stanford, it drew former Secretary of State and current Hoover Distinguished Fellow George Shultz and former Ambassador to Finland James Goodby—now an expert on nuclear disarmament issues—among other distinguished guests. They came to hear and contribute ideas about how SLAC may develop a more focused approach toward energy research.

"I really feel that, as responsible scientists who can help contribute to solutions for one of the most pressing problems our society is facing, we must include energy research as an element of our photon [science] portfolio," said SLAC Director Persis Drell during her introductory remarks. To that end, she established the joint SLAC-Stanford task force in November of last year "to come up with a strategy to broaden the energy piece of our portfolio in photon sciences." Task force members, led by SLAC Chief Scientist Z-X Shen, began soliciting input and weighing what options for energy research make the most sense, given existing SLAC and Stanford infrastructure, expertise and relationships.  Read more...

Seen around SLAC in Nature Physics:

(Image used for Nature Physics cover, February 2011)
 (Image by Greg Stewart, SLAC Information Management and Portal Services; reprinted by permission MacMillan Publishers Ltd: Nature Physics 7(2) copyright 2011.)

The February 2011 edition of Nature Physics really shines, thanks in good part to the artwork of SLAC's own Greg Stewart, graphic designer with the Information Management and Portal Services group in the Computing Division.

Researchers David Reis and Shambhu Ghimire, both of the PULSE Institute for Ultrafast Energy Science at SLAC, approached Stewart about an illustration for a paper describing the first observation in a crystal of a phenomenon called high harmonic generation. Through this process, certain interactions between light and matter transform photons from low-energy incoming light (infrared) to high-energy (ultraviolet) output. While the potential applications, from laser development to advanced materials research, are concrete enough, the phenomenon itself can be tough for non-experts to picture.

"Thankfully, David and his colleagues had a concept I was able to run with," Stewart said. And it worked. The results are online now, on the cover of the February Nature Physics.

(Photo - placement of the 'golden bolt')
(Photo by Richard Muffley.)

From the Archives: 45 Years Ago Today

On February 10, 1966, a ceremony was held at SLAC to place the last bolt—the "golden bolt"—in the two-mile-long accelerator, making the underground device one physical unit for the first time.

Even though construction was completed in February, sectional testing of the linac continued through May of 1966, when the first beam successfully traveled the entire length of the linac.

 (Photo by Maria Mastrokyriakos.)

Welcome, New SLACers!

On Thursday, February 3, SLAC welcomed 18 new staff members at New Employee Orientation. Please join us in congratulating our newest members as they embark on their successful pathways at SLAC!

Front Row (left to right): Michael Paradiso, Pietro Caragiulo, Farnaz Khadem, Mariano Trigo, Eleanor Dwyer, Christine Clarke, James Bringetto, Andrew Prince, Rogelio Marquez

Back Row (left to right): Ted Schnipper, Alex Kreitz, Rohendra Atapattu, Jennifer Russell, Barbara Kosic, Jennifer McCann, Miralem Sisic

Not shown: Jennifer Pfeiffer, John MacDonald




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