celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2002 with a
events and a
celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2012 with a
series of events and a special anniversary website:
Celebrating 50 Years of Discovery.
Sid Drell ,
Herman Winick made presentations at the American
Physical Society (APS) Centennial Celebration and
Meeting ( March 20-26 1999).
- The first synchrotron radiation coronary angiogram recorded on a human subject
occurred in May 1986 at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL).
- BaBar was dedicated on August 13, 1999.
- Beam Trees
- Beam trees are not actually beams or trees.
- Blue Book
- The Blue Book is a SLAC classic written to
document for posterity the design and building of SLAC's two-mile accelerator.
Available in full-text
from the SLAC Library.
- Camp Fremont
- A World War I
training camp was located in Menlo Park and
included the SLAC site. (Annette Cords, The
Interaction Point, January 1992.)
- The first church
built in San Mateo County was on the SLAC site.
(Annette Cords, The Interaction Point, November
- SLAC's original cost (1962) was
$18,000,000 in preconstruction research and
development, and $114,000,000 for design and
- Fabrication of the Accelerator Structure
- The film, Fabrication
of the Accelerator Structure, documents the construction of SLAC as well as the technical
details in making the accelerator in the early 1960s.
- First Beam
May 21, 1966, after five long years of massive and painstaking engineering and construction, the brand new
SLAC two-mile linear accelerator was about to (it was hoped) deliver its first
- First Particle Physics Experiment
The first particle physics experiment at SLAC used Beamline 1 in the
Target Room, where Martin Perl searched for new particles in 1966 and
1967. Over the following 15 years, a variety of experiments took advantage
of the target room's three beamlines and numerous targets that produced
- Golden Bolt
- On February 10, 1966, a ceremony was held at SLAC to
place the last bolt -- the "golden
bolt" -- in the two-mile-long accelerator,
making the underground device one physical unit for
the first time.
- Klystron Gallery - Length
- The SLAC Metrology Department confirms that the Klystron Gallery building
at SLAC is 3073.72 meters in length. (Read how it was measured in
- Symmetry, an online magazine about particle
physics jointly published by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory,
regularly features key pages from milestone logbooks including several from SLAC
- M is for Monster - Project Monster
- At the very beginning, SLAC was dubbed
Project M by the practical dreamers at Stanford University.
- There is a whole family tree
of Mark equipment at
- Memorials and Tributes
- Throughout its history, the staff and faculty of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have chosen to
honor co-workers and retiring and departed staff members with a variety of tributes and memorials. In some instances, former staff or their
families have presented lasting tributes to SLAC.
- November Revolution
- The November Revolution
in Physics occurred in 1974.
were the Ohlone.
(Annette Cords, The Interaction Point, October
- "An astonishingly
well-preserved fossil skeleton" of a rare
herbivorous marine mammal was
discovered at SLAC.
- People's Republic of China
- On January 31, 1979, the United States and
Republic of China (PRC) signed a formal agreement to cooperate in the field of high-energy physics. On March 1,
1993, SLAC brought the Internet to China
- W. K. H. Panofsky was
SLAC's first Director.
- R Meter
- Ornate rate meter used at SPEAR.
- SLAC luminaries trod the boards with the Stanford Savoyards in Ruddigore.
- Run T-shirts
- The annual SLAC Run started in 1972. The first
race shirt was offered in
- The SLAC Energy Doubler / Energy Development program was started in the 1970's to find a way, if possible,
to improve the energy of the SLAC two-mile accelerator.
- What is now SSRL started as SSRP in 1974. And in 1990, SPEAR retired from the
particle-smashing business and became a dedicated synchrotron radiation
facility with an independent injector.
- Summer Studies
- The summer studies brought together physicists from other institutions to study a topic
related to the proposed two-mile linear accelerator.
- Touch-Screen Technology
- SLAC scientists created the
first working touchscreen and obtained the 2nd US touchscreen patent.