Barbara Warmbein | 6 March 2014Particle physics has a long tradition of technologies serendipitously making their way into other realms of science or even everyday life. Think of the web or particle detectors for medical diagnostics. The scientists working on the CLIC accelerator, one of the potential successors of the Large Hadron Collider LHC, held a “High Gradient Day” specially targeted at industry during their workshop last week in order to catalyse the transfer of knowledge gathered over years of R&D.
Category: Feature | Tagged: CLIC, free-electron laser, SLAC, technology transfer, X-band
2 May 2013Electrons are once again streaming into SLAC's historic End Station A, setting the stage for a new user facility in the huge, concrete hall where the first evidence for quarks was discovered. Fed by billion-particle bunches of high-energy electrons diverted from the linear accelerator supply to the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), the new beamline, called the End Station Test Beam (ESTB), will initially host three types of experiments: General beam physics and machine-detector interface studies for the proposed International Linear Collider and Compact Linear Collider, radiation hardness tests on detector components and R&D for high-energy physics detectors, which will use secondary particles created when the main beam hits a target.
Category: Around the World | Tagged: beam diagnostic, machine detector interface, SLAC, test beam
18 October 2012SLAC's YouTube channel has more on klystrons, and of course the legendary klystron gallery. In a video about SLAC's Vacuum Microwave Device Department (VMDD), introduces itself as those people who build the devices that make SLAC's particle accelerators go: klystrons. These devices generate intense waves of microwave energy that rocket subatomic particles up to nearly the speed of light. Department head Andy Haase takes us behind the scenes where klystrons are born. These devices are developed, designed and fabricated by teams of physicists, engineers and technicians in coordination across several departments within SLAC's Accelerator Directorate. Check out the AD website
Category: Video of the week | Tagged: klystron, RF power, SLAC
Barry Barish | 13 September 2012SLAC has had a remarkable first 50 years, which were celebrated in a special event this past month. Although the theme of that event focused on the next 50 years, the achievements of the past inform the future plans and prospects. In that regard, the physics achievements of SLAC were duly noted at the event because the American Physical Society named it an APS Historic Site and awarded the lab a plaque.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: anniversary, APS, SLAC, SLC
Video: SLAC Multimedia Team / Matt Beardsley | 5 April 2012SLAC's new time-lapse videos, ranging from 13 to 72 seconds in length, show various sped-up scenes around the lab: clouds rolling above the klystron gallery, scientists keeping busy in the Main Control Center, and, shown here, a zipping tour of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS). Fly from one end of LCLS to the other in a lightning-quick 72 seconds to see how much fun it can be.
Category: Video of the week | Tagged: LCLS, SLAC
11 August 2011How can a low-energy experiment like SLAC’s PEP II B Factory, originally built to investigate differences between matter and antimatter and no longer even taking data, compete with a monster matter masher like the LHC that was built, in a large part, to find the Higgs?
Category: Feature | Tagged: EPS-HEP2011, Higgs boson, PEP II, SLAC