What do numbers have to say about SLAC?
SLAC began in
1,700 people now work on
researchers and graduate students.
3,400 scientists from
around the world use our cutting-edge facilities each year.
scientific papers are
published each year based on research at SLAC
6 scientists have been
awarded Nobel prizes for research at SLAC that discovered
fundamental particles, proved
protons are made of quarks and showed how DNA directs
protein manufacturing in cells.
Our employees hail from
150 buildings sit on our
426-acre site on the
3,073.72 meters (1.9 miles) long, our linear
accelerator is one of the longest buildings on Earth.
Electrons zip down that linear accelerator at
percent of the speed of
275 universities make use
of our resources, and
companies use our X-ray
facilities for research aimed at developing medicines and
SLAC works with Stanford in
research centers: Kavli
Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, Stanford
Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences, Stanford PULSE
Institute and SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and
Our X-ray laser zaps samples with pulses a few
of a billionth of a
The lab has had 3
- Project M (1956-1960)
- Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (1960-2008)
- SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (2008–present)
3.2-billion -pixel camera we’re designing for the world’s deepest sky survey will
shoot the equivalent of
800,000 8 -megapixel digital camera images per night.
3.6-million -degree-F matter created in our labs mimics extreme conditions in the
hearts of stars and planets.
SLAC managed construction of the main instrument for a space telescope
that’s discovered more than
pulsars since its launch in
website in North America was
at SLAC, designed to help physicists share their research
1st scientific discovery was a
fossil: Paleoparadoxia, found in
1964 during excavation for
the linear accelerator. It lived
years ago and resembled a
1975, the Homebrew Computer
Club began meeting in the SLAC auditorium. This Silicon
Valley grassroots group helped spark the personal computing
We’re 50 years old, and counting!