Blue colliding particles design superimposed over a
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Welcome to SLAC

The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) is a national basic research laboratory, probing the structure of matter at the atomic scale with x rays and at much smaller scales with electron and positron beams. The laboratory is operated by Stanford University under a contract from the United States Department of Energy (DOE).

SLAC staff is currently about 1,400, of whom 150 are Ph.D. physicists. At any given time, there are typically 300-400 physicists in the high-energy physics program and 600 scientists in the synchrotron radiation program. These researchers come from universities throughout the US and many other countries.

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Last modified 22 December 1995
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