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People: Bill White Makes Lasers Light Up
LCLS Office Building Opens for Business
Moving Time? Good Time to Clear Clutter

SLAC Today

Wednesday - July 21, 2010

People: Bill White Makes Lasers Light Up

Bill White in his office. 
(Photo by Lori White.)

With the coming dedication of the Linac Coherent Light Source the word "laser" is generally associated with "X-ray" in the minds of people at SLAC, and for good reason. But there are other lasers here—many other lasers. Lasers for researchers using SLAC resources, lasers for SLAC research (for example, the Next Linear Collider Test Accelerator) and the injection laser that enables the LCLS to generate its coherent X-ray laser beam. Bill White and his team of self-proclaimed "laser monkeys" in the Laser Science Department try to support all of them.

When White arrived at SLAC five years ago from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory by way of private industry, the LCLS project was the big draw. Sasha Gilevich and Dave Dowell (both then with the LCLS project) were busy designing the injector laser system, and White wanted to get in on the action.

"I came here because the LCLS was a very exciting project," White said. "I knew a lot of the people involved and I wanted to work with them."  Read more...

(Photo - Mike Rowen unpacks in his new office)
Beamline Development Engineer Mike Rowen is among LCLS staff settling into new offices in Building 901. (Photo by Lauren Rugani.)

LCLS Office Building Opens for Business

The doors to the brand new Building 901—the Linac Coherent Light Source office building—are officially open. Over the weekend, staff packed up and sent the contents of their offices to the new site, which sits across from the LCLS Near Experimental Hall. During the next week they will unpack and settle into the new, permanent location.

"If the LCLS didn't already feel like a 'reality,' this really makes it sink in," said LCLS Deputy Director Uwe Bergmann. The building helps unite many LCLS staff who had previously been scattered across campus. "It's great to have everyone together, and to be closer to the instrument," Bergmann said. He added that having more people close to the LCLS might encourage others from SLAC to stop by and witness the "exciting science going on."

(Photo - Building 901 conference room)
The Redtail conference room in Building 901. (Photo by Rod Reape.)

"It will be good to have most of the people I work with in the same space," said engineering physicist Michael Rowen, as he worked to consolidate his belongings from two offices into one. "It will save a lot of trips across campus."

The new building houses several state-of-the-art conference rooms, which SLAC physicist John Arthur proposed be named after birds often seen around SLAC. Staff can meet in the small Owl Room, the slightly larger Kite Room, or the biggest conference room named, perhaps fittingly, after the red-tailed hawk—"probably the most aggressive" of the local avian population, Bergmann said.

The relocation to Building 901 marks the second in an ongoing series of moves as SLAC continues to update its buildings and facilities—the first move being the PULSE organization into Building 40A. Once the transfer to 901 is complete, current occupants in the PEP City trailers and Building 28 will move into temporary locations in preparation for the demolition and renovations scheduled for early 2011.

(Photo - moving boxes)
With a little advance planning, office moves can be made simpler. (Photo by Lauren Rugani.)

Moving Time? Good Time to Clear Clutter

With the great SLAC move now underway, it's a good time to pare back the clutter that may have built up in your office over the past months, years and perhaps even decades.

"Housecleaning is a great thing to think about in advance of your office move," said SLAC Space Planner May Pon. "It's much easier to do this now than to wait until you've moved offices and you're unpacking."

Many items can be reused—if not by you, then by others. All equipment and material, excluding hazardous or radioactive material, should be taken to salvage for proper reissue, recycling or disposal. Please contact your IT support administrator to arrange the salvage of computer equipment and memory devices (CDs, software, VHS tapes, flash drives). To salvage other items, including extra office supplies or other office equipment, please first fill out the salvage form. As indicated on the form, any item other than furniture, computer equipment and office products will then need to be surveyed by the Radiation Protection Field Operations group before it is brought to salvage. In addition, if you have an item that you suspect may have originated in the accelerator housing, please call Jim Allan at x4064 for inspection.  Read more...


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