SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is home to a two-mile linear accelerator—the longest in the world. Originally a particle physics research center, SLAC is now a multipurpose laboratory for astrophysics, photon science, accelerator and particle physics research. Six scientists have been awarded the Nobel Prize for work carried out at SLAC andthe future of the laboratory promises to be just as extraordinary.
SLAC is truly a multi-purpose laboratory. Established in 1962 as a particle physics center, the laboratory has expanded over the years to include some of the world's leading photon science and astrophysics institutes.
Mission and Vision
SLAC Vision Statement
The laboratory seeks to be a leader in exploring frontier questionsof science that are important to the nation.
SLAC Mission Statement
SLAC programs explore the ultimate structure and dynamics of matter and the properties of energy, space and time - at the smallest and largest scales, in the fastest processes and at the highest energies - through robust scientific programs, excellent accelerator based user facilities and valuable partnerships.
* The foundational core competencies underpinning activities at SLAC are:
* Electron-based accelerator research and technology
* Advanced instrumentation, diagnostics and systems integration
* Theory and innovative techniques for data analysis, modeling, and simulation in Photon Science, Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics
* Management of ultra-large data sets forusers and collaborations distributed worldwide
* The major programs SLAC currently undertakes to achieve its vision are:
* Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS)
* Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL)
* Photon Science
* Photon Ultrafast Laser Science and Engineering (PULSE)
* Stanford Institute for Material and Energy Sciences (SIMES)
* Centerfor Sustainable Energy through Catalysis (SUNCAT)
* Particle Physics and Astrophysics
* Experimental Particle Physics
* Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC)
* Accelerator Research and Development
The major mission support functions SLAC currently undertakes to achieve its vision are:
* Computing Division, Office of the ChiefInformation Officer
* Environment, Safety and Health - ES&H
* Human Resources - HR
* Office of the Chief Financial Officer - OCFO
* Office of Communications
SLAC Core Values
* One Lab
Taking actions based on what is best for the Laboratory and the scientific community, guided by our Mission.
Performing with distinction, delivering high valueresearch and operations.
Maintaining the health and safety of our staff and visitors, and the protection of our environment.
Encouraging a respectful and professional work environment that values diversity of every kind, including race, gender and thought, as central to our Laboratory's success.
Maintaining an open environment for individual andorganizational communication.
* Play to Win
Making and keeping commitments to each other, our partners, and our customers, and aggressively executing, consistent with our other core values.
History & Nobel prizes
Burton Richter (SLAC) and Samuel C. C. Ting (MIT)shared the 1976 Nobel Prize in Physics "for their pioneering work in the discovery of a heavy elementary particle of a new kind.Richard E. Taylor (SLAC), Jerome I. Friedman (MIT), and Henry W. Kendall (MIT) shared the 1990 Nobel Prize in Physics "for their pioneering investigations concerning deep inelastic scattering of electrons on protons and bound neutrons, which have been of essential importance for the development of the quark model in particle physics."
Martin L. Perl won the 1995 Nobel Prize "for the discovery...